One year after a debilitating accident, an Alberta teenager’s life is getting back to normal.
Then, 12-year old Nevaeh Charette was walking along Highway 855 just north of Holden, Alberta on February 23, 2016 when she was hit by a pickup truck.
The accident caused head and spinal injuries and doctors gave Nevaeh a one percent chance of survival.
One year later and she’s walking, talking and back to school like a normal teenager.
Her mom, Renee Charette told Global News, her daughter’s recovery has been ‘insane’.
“It went so quickly, and I remember a week into the hospital the doctors said mark the day, a year from now your daughter should be learning how to walk again. And a year from the day of the accident she was walking, she was home and going to school and doing really, really good.”
The accident forced Nevaeh to wear a halo, have a complete reconstruction of her airway and wear a neck brace for three months.
Renee said the only way to describe the miraculous recovery has been prayers.
“There’s no other way to explain it. I’m not a church-goer but I’ve never seen so many people come together for one thing in my entire life and that was my daughter.”
Despite the grim prognosis she was given, Nevaeh said she was never worried.
“I know I’m a stubborn person and nothing affects me that bad, so I knew I’d be ok.”
However Nevaeh said the last year has been crazy and full of highs and lows.
“Getting out of the hospital, getting my halo off, the one year mark.”
Renee said her family has been brought closer together because of the accident and the next step is to let her kids grow up and move on from the tragedy.
With files from Global News (CJ)