Watch Teen Cheerleader Performing with Her Teammates after Having Both of Her Legs Amputated
A teenager from Utah is inspiring millions by refusing to give up her dreams and taking up cheerleading again after losing both her legs in a tragic car accident.
Sarah Frei, 17, lost both her legs after a car accident involving a drunk driver, but that hasn't stopped her from rejoining her beloved cheerleading squad at her high school.
After Sarah's legs were amputated, and after months of therapy, she celebrated her return home by cheering along on the field for the last home football game of the year.
On July 30 2020 Sarah Frei's life fell apart. The car she was traveling in with three friends was hit by a driver who was allegedly under the influence of alcohol, and as a result, the high school student was grievously hurt.
All four students were hurt, but Sarah suffered the worse injuries. Doctors were forced to amputate her damaged legs, and for the next three months, Sarah underwent 20 surgeries and grueling physiotherapy.
Sarah didn't just suffer traumatic injuries to her legs, but to her spine as well, which means that the teen will most likely never be able to walk again, not even with prosthetics.
Dr. Venessa Lee, the spinal cord injury specialist revealed that even when the news she had to give was less than positive, Sarah never lost hope, or her up-beat attitude towards life.
Sarah's mother, Amy Frei, who has 5 more children, revealed that she was stunned by her daughter's reaction after seeing that her legs had been amputated
Nevertheless, despite her optimism, the truth is that Sarah has suffered irreparable damage and that her young life will never be the same again. Because of her injuries, Sarah will most likely spend her life in a wheelchair. Lee said:
"Every time she chose to ask, ‘What’s next?' There were multiple times that we had to go in and break bad news ... and she would look at us with a smile and say, ‘Well what do we do about it?’"
Sarah's can-do attitude has inspired her family and friends to be there for her despite the restrictions in place for the duration 0f the COVID-19 pandemic. Since Sarah couldn't go to her senior year homecoming dance, her friends recreated it for her at the hospital.
Sarah's mother, Amy Frei, who has 5 more children, revealed that she was stunned by her daughter's reaction after seeing that her legs had been amputated. According to Amy, Sarah said:
" ‘They did a good job.’"
Sarah was released from the hospital on the day of the last home football game of the year, and her cheerleading squad choreographed a cheer so that she could join them in her wheelchair.
Sarah is determined to graduate alongside her colleagues and to go on to college and study to become a teacher. She caught up on all the work she's missed in between the stints in physiotherapy, and thanks to a Go-Fund me page, her parents were able to make their home wheelchair friendly.
Sarah's courage has inspired her friends, her family, and her hometown, and her story has reached millions of people around the world and inspired them to face their own adversities with optimism and hope.
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