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12/1/06-Longview

Local Child To Be In Dallas Parade

She's only five years old and already she's been through more struggles and triumphs than some people have in a lifetime. Because of it, she'll be one of 40 children who've been treated at Children's Medical Center to ride in the Neiman Marcus Adolphus Children's Parade Saturday in Dallas.    

Sarah Moore of Longview, seems like your typical 5-year-old girl. She loves playing with Barbies and her favorite color is pink. But there's something very special about this little girl: her will to overcome. 

"She's improved so much, it's just amazing," says Sarah's mother, Christy Moore.

You see, this summer, Sarah and her mother were in a bad car accident.

"When the wreck happened, the truck hit us from the side, on her side," says Christy.

Sarah suffered a "traumatic brain injury." She severely bruised the left side of her brain, rendering her no control over the right side of her body.  

"We didn't know how much of that would be permanent and when you see that as a parent, not as a doctor, and not knowing the situation, it's scary."

While at Children's Medical Center in Dallas, Sarah went through rigorous occupational, physical, and speech therapy.

"Whatever they told her to do or asked her to do, she would always try hard to do that,"  says her mom.

And that's why she's been chosen to ride in this weekend's parade. 

"I'm sure she'll be so excited to see all the little characters around, she'll probably be like 'wow, I've never seen anything like this before!'"

A happy moment, after so many months of hard work to just walk and talk.  

"When you have something like that happen to you where you don't know if she going to ever recover then you realize how much you take for granted."

Sarah's mother says she has no doubt an angel was watching over her daughter that day and all the days to come.

"I can't imagine life without her," says Mom.

Sarah continues to go through physical and speech therapy in Longview, but her mother says she is on track to a full recovery.

You can watch the Neiman Marcus Adolphus Children's Parade on KLTV Christmas morning at 11am.

Tracy Watler/Reporting: tracy@kltv.com.

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