US girl paralyzed in freak accident while swimming at campsite

A US family is leaning on the faith after a seven-year-old girl was left paralyzed in a freak swimming accident.

The Faulkner family believes that seven-year-old Sarah Faulkner will walk again.

She was hospitalized in Vanderbilt in Nashville with injuries when a teenager accidentally jumped on her from a 30-foot (9 m) rock while she was swimming at a campground on August 6.

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Sarah is paralyzed from the lower chest down. She also had to have 19 staples in her skull.

“She said when the girl landed on her back her whole body was frozen and she hit her head on the bottom of the creek and obviously propelled her to the bottom,” said Sarah’s father, Tre Faulkner.

The seven-year-old girl was paralyzed in an unusual accident while swimming. Recognition: Tre Faulkner via NBC

Even after speaking frankly with Sarah’s doctor, the Faulkners, a very close family, believe the little girl will walk again.

“I said, ‘Sir, man to man, just tell me the truth: will she ever leave again?’ he said, ‘No, I don’t think so … but there’s something more powerful than me out there,'” Faulkner said.

The family knows this is a big request that falls under the word “miracle,” but they are counting on it.

“I believe that God can and will heal my daughter. I need a miracle. My wife needs a miracle. My children need a miracle. You need a miracle. Our country needs a miracle to show that God is real and God lives,” Faulkner said.

The teenager who had jumped on Sarah ran away in the confusion. The family said they also prayed to ease their pain after Sarah told them to forgive her.

Sarah Falkner. Recognition: Tre Faulkner via NBC

“I asked her what she thought we should do with the girl and she said we should forgive her. So we literally prayed for the girl. We can’t imagine the kind of pain she’s going through right now,” Faulkner said.

Sarah’s condition improved while she was hospitalized, her family said.

“Last night she moved her feet… she barely moved them. So we believe that God is healing this girl for her glory and glory,” Faulkner said. “Sarah will walk again.”

The Faulkners encourage others to pray for Sarah.

In addition, a GoFundMe set up to help the family has raised more than $18,000.

According to the GoFundMe page, Sarah and her family are now in Atlanta to start therapy.

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James Brien

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