Little Girl Loses Leg in Car Crash, Gains a New Perspective - Local news, weather, sports Savannah | WSAV On Your Side

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

Posted: Updated:
SAVANNAH, GA -

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.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Suspect in Custody, Victim Dead after Statesboro Bar Beating

    Suspect in Custody, Victim Dead after Statesboro Bar Beating

    Friday, August 29 2014 12:24 AM EDT2014-08-29 04:24:40 GMT
    Grant James SpencerGrant James Spencer
    A bouncer is in custody, accused of beating a teen, leaving him unconscious outside of a Statesboro bar Thursday morning, according to Statesboro Police.  Detectives say the assault happened near Rude Rudy's Bar on University Court.
    A bouncer is in custody, accused of beating a teen, leaving him unconscious outside of a Statesboro bar Thursday morning, according to Statesboro Police.  Detectives say the assault happened near Rude Rudy's Bar on University Court.
  • MUGS: 15 Children Removed From Woodruff Home, Adults Arrested

    MUGS: 15 Children Removed From Woodruff Home, Adults Arrested

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 6:16 PM EDT2014-08-27 22:16:58 GMT

    Investigators say they found the trailer surrounded by piles of clothes and trash, a swimming pool with green water, animal feces and roaches on the floor of the home and unsecured guns and medicine bottles.

    Investigators say they found the trailer surrounded by piles of clothes and trash, a swimming pool with green water, animal feces and roaches on the floor of the home and unsecured guns and medicine bottles.

  • 'Magic Mike,' Sequel to be Filmed in Savannah

    'Magic Mike,' Sequel to be Filmed in Savannah

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 12:52 PM EDT2014-08-27 16:52:15 GMT
    The Savannah Film Office says the sequel to the movie Magic Mike is scheduled to be filmed in the Savannah area beginning in September.
    The Savannah Film Office says the sequel to the movie Magic Mike is scheduled to be filmed in the Savannah area beginning in September.
Powered by WorldNow

1430 East Victory Drive
Savannah, GA 31404

Telephone: 912.651.0300
Fax: 912.651.0320
Email: newsemailalert@wsav.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.