In July 2020, 17-year-old Sarah Frei was in the car with her friends when an alleged drunk driver struck their vehicle head-on.
Life instantly changed for the passionate cheerleader and high school senior. She miraculously survived the horrific crash, but both of her legs needed to be amputated and she was left paralyzed from the waist down.
The teen endured 20 surgeries, more than 70 hours of grueling therapy, and 75 days in the hospital. With a T11 spinal cord injury, she will likely be in a wheelchair for the rest of her life.
Sarah was the youngest patient on the hospital’s spinal cord injury floor, and her doctors were stunned by her unwavering positivity throughout her recovery journey. She never, ever lost her spirit.
When it was finally time for Sarah to return home to Syracuse, Utah, she had no idea what her community had in store.
After 75 days in the hospital, Sarah was welcomed home with a huge hero’s homecoming after she left the facility, police escort and all.
She was brought to tears when she saw her family, friends, classmates, and pretty much everyone from her community who came out to shower her with support by holding up signs and cheering her name.
The next day, Sarah surprised them all back — by joining her cheerleading squad on the field to perform at the last home football game of the season.
Meet this incredible and inspiring teen in the clip below.
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