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Local 13-year-old on the road to recovery
WINNIE- by Haley Bull
A teen is on the road to recovery after a driver ran into her seconds after she stepped off her school bus. The 13-year old is back home after four months in hospitals.
The scene of the accident is now marked by a sign, welcoming Cecilia Olvera home.
"I thought I was fine, I thought I was just being nervous and I didn't want to move, I was scared. But then I realized I had to face reality because I couldn't change it," Olvera said.
It's the reality of a spinal cord injury.
"You're life can change in one second," she said.
It was just seconds after she and her brother stepped off their Hamshire-Fannett school bus in February:
"A red truck had gone off the freeway and my brother ran towards the mailbox and I ran towards the bus. My brother got hit first in front of the car and I got hit by the trailer and got stuck under there," Olvera said.
Her brother's okay. Cecilia spent months in Houston and Chicago hospitals recovering from serious injuries, the worst to her spinal cord.
"They took the ventilator off, my trach and they just took my halo off and I can move mostly everything but my hand and I can move both my feet and I'm pretty good," she said.
For a time, she couldn't move her right side. She still has trouble moving her right arm. For now, she uses a motorized chair, but it's not slowing her down.
"My goal is to walk again," Olvera said.
Walking may take time, but she has her family and community behind her.
"I will never forget them for helping me and that thanks, because of hem I've been going for it because I know I will walk again," she said.
What does she want to do when she's no longer confined to her chair?
"Help other children just like me," she said.
The teen is doing therapy at home, travels to Houston twice a week for medical treatment and will return to Chicago in about a month for more rehab.