MN girl survives near-fatal farm accident

Child critically injured in farm accident

WADENA, Minn. - A five-year-old girl from northwest Minnesota nearly died on her family farm last week, and her recovery is being called a miracle by both family and doctors.

Savhannah Springer has always known what she wants to be.

"She wants to be a farmer,” said Brittany Springer, Savhannah’s mom. And even though she’s young, the farm girl is already a fighter.

"She is,” Brittany said with a laugh. “She's feisty and she's a fighter."

It was that feisty attitude and love of farming that got Savhannah in trouble last week.

"It was like the fastest moment and the slowest moment of my entire life,” Brittany said.

In that moment, Savhannah went from farming with her dad to fighting for her life.

"It's really hard to see her struggling and fighting all the restraints and all that stuff,” said Stephen Springer, Savhannah’s dad.

She suffered serious injuries to her stomach, pelvis and legs after getting pinched between the hitches of a haybine and a tractor.

"They said that if the same injury would have happened to an adult, they would have bled out right away,” Brittany said.

Though Savhannah often loved to follow dad around the farm, Brittany and Stephen Springer still don't know exactly how the accident happened.

"She always knows where to be,” Stephen said. “She definitely was in the wrong place at that time I guess.”

After surviving six surgeries Savhannah’s parents say they know who to thank.

"It's amazing to see what God can do in just a short period of time,” Brittany said.

"It's a miracle that she's made it through and is doing as well as she's doing,” said Dr. Tina Slusher.

A miracle with an assist from the doctors and nurses at Hennepin County Medical Center and support from around the world.

"Complete strangers who are like, 'You don't know me but I saw your story on Facebook and we're praying for you,’” Brittany said.

Those prayers are already helping put the fight back in Savhannah.

"She wouldn't lay still if you made her lay still, except when you have her on enough medicine to lay still," Dr. Slusher said, with a laugh.

Call it a good sign.

"Once she's able to move and sass back, I have no doubt in my mind that she will be right back where she was before,” Brittany said.

Back where she wants to be.

"God's not done with her yet,” Brittany said. “With her personality and her passion there's no way that five years was enough for her."

Savhannah still has at least two surgeries before she is released from the hospital and doctors are unsure how much she’ll be able to use her legs.

There is a GoFundMe.com page set up to help the family with her expenses: https://www.gofundme.com/2jz6r35q


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