A 17-year-old who had both her legs amputated after being hit by a drunk driver in July has been welcomed home with the fanfare she deserves.
Sarah Frei was in a car with friends when a drunk driver hit them, leaving her paralysed from the waist down.
“She was internally bleeding, had damage to her abdominal aorta, a broken back and spinal cord injuries at her T12 and L2 vertebrae, a broken ankle, and facial fractures,” her family wrote on the @strong.like.sarah Instagram page.
“She has undergone several surgeries where she lost 30% of her intestines, had a back fusion from T12-L4, and had to have both legs amputated at mid thigh. She was also confirmed paralysed from the waist down.”
After spending three months in hospital – and undergoing 20 surgeries, fevers, and an infection – the high schooler was cleared to return home.
Her family, friends, classmates, neighbours, doctors, nurses and physical therapists along with the local university’s cheerleading squad came together to welcome Sarah home in the best possible way.
From custom t-shirts to signs and balloons, Sarah was overwhelmed by the support.
“I had no idea how many people would come. It was awesome,” she told Today.
Meanwhile, the drunk driver has been charged with four counts of driving under the influence: three third-degree felonies and one class-A misdemeanour.