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Little Girl Loses Leg in Car Crash, Gains a New Perspective

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She underwent one surgery after another-- and now, after five months in a hospital in Atlanta, a little girl with a big heart is finally back home.

The 10-year-old was struck by a car while walking home outside Beach High School in September---and in an instant, her life was turned upside down.

I got to visit with the little girl and her family today for an exclusive look into her new life at home.

I so enjoyed this little girl and she is so resilient; you would never know she experienced the kind of trauma she did.

It's been a long and exhausting road for Brianna Quarterman.

As a result of the accident, she had to have most of her left leg amputated.

But today, she showed me that she isn't letting it break her spirit or slow her down. She continues to inspire on her journey to recovery.

"I like smiling because it attracts people. I like to say nice things to people.

"I was told you did a lot of that up in Atlanta. Why are you so smiley?"

"My mommy said I was born like that," she informed me.

For most of us, it would be hard to smile in a situation like Brianna's—but even at 10-years-old, she knows she is blesses beyond belief.

"I got my family; my family takes care of me because they love me."

Her mom, Tamika has been by her side for every doctor's appointment and every surgery—but she says little Brianna was more concerned about the other children in the hospital.

"They had her talking to other children; they had her seeing other children. She helped me hang on all that time at the hospital. She had me holding on, she kept me going."

While the hospital in Atlanta, where Brianna had spent the last 5 months, is in the past---the work continues. Not fazed by her condition, she faces the challenge head on.

"I feel happy because I can move around better. And that way, if I keep walking, I will have my prosthetic, it will be easier. If I sit my little hinny in that wheel chair all the time, I can't walk."

"But you want to walk?"

"Yes, so if I walk now, it will be easier for me to walk then."

Already wise beyond her years.

Brianna and her mom think a lot about the future and what it has in store for her.

"I'm a Quarterman and Quartermans can do anything."

Brianna says her daddy tells her that.

"I've had 42 surgeries. That is a lot of surgeries and I've made it through all of them."

With what is supposed to be her last surgery scheduled for this month, Tamika sees progress, but it's hard not to remember how they got here in the first place.

"It was deemed an accident, which apparently no one was at fault. As far as the justice system, there was nothing that came of it. That doesn't seem good enough, but we are at the point where we have to move past that in order to move forward."

And luckily, forward is the only way Brianna knows to go.

Brianna will be fitted for her prosthesis in the next six weeks and will then begin physical therapy. If you would like to wish her well, click here to head over to our WSAV Facebook page and comment on the story.

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