April 30, 2014

An inspiring story

A local teenager’s prognosis of being paralyzed from the waist down has taken an upbeat turn when she moved her legs for the first time since being injured in a car wreck last year.

Just a few weeks ago, Hannah Locke, a 17-year-old junior at Coahulla Creek High School, took her first steps in more than a year. Although she was assisted with her movements, the action defies what many doctors said could not happen.

Was this remarkable accomplishment achieved through anger, denial or lashing out at others over being dealt a very bad hand? No, just the opposite.

Despite all the hardship — emotionally, physically and financially — Hannah has remained consistently upbeat and positive and very thankful to her faith as well as family and friends who have shown support. She and her family give a great deal of credit to the power of prayer.

The details of Hannah’s amazing story are told on page 1A of today’s newspaper, from the agonizing beginning through the difficult decision to use often controversial stem cell treatment to the ongoing financial burden of continuing therapy.

But through it all, several things shine through: the determination of Hannah to stay positive through so much adversity, to be thankful for all the support from here and above, and her strength to keep going despite not knowing what the future holds.

We commend her on her successes and look forward to hearing about her triumphs in the future. She is an inspiration.

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