A teenage girl is still in the hospital after being hit by a car last week while trying to help get a turtle off the road in Lawrence.
It has been an arduous week for 17-year-old Mersadie Walker as she recovers from a host of injuries at Overland Park Regional Medical Center, but her family says she's taking it well, like the trooper she is.
The young Lawrence teen suffered numerous injuries, including broken bones, as well a pelvic injury and heart trauma.
She was life-flighted on June 19 after being struck by a car on a road in rural Douglas County, southeast of Lawrence.
What put her there in the first place was a turtle she saw having trouble crossing the roadway as traffic rolled by. She decided to help the little critter and stepped out to get it when she was hit by a car.
Her sisters, who have been with her at the hospital since she arrived last week, say she is on the road to recovery, little-by-little each day.
"We say, 'let's try a little. If we need to back down from that, we'll back down from that.' But there has never been an 'OK, well you can give up today,' and she won't allow herself to do that. She may get tired, and she may take a nap, but she's back up, and she is back to doing her goals that she set for herself that day," Walker's sister, Megan Walker, said.
They said that Mersadie Walker acknowledging them was a huge breakthrough.
"You can say something and she knows who you are. When you walk into the room and she can call you by your nickname, then it's like ‘Oh yeah, that's her.' You see the twinkle in her eye and all of that, that's, I mean, it was great, and then you cry a little bit, then you suck that up because you don't want her to get scared about that," Megan Walker said.
There is no word on when she'll be leaving the hospital, but doctors say her prognosis is for a full recovery.
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