Inside The Story: Lexi Hansen's Miraculous Recovery
(KUTV) Hitting a tennis ball, bouncing it on a racket, doing lunges, walking up the stairs, or coloring in a shape may seem like kids play but for Lexi Hansen, 18, these are no simple tasks. In fact just seeing Lexi being able to stand, walk or think is unbelievable.
Just a short time ago Marcia and Doug Hansen thought their daughter's life was over. On February 24th, Lexi was on her longboard heading to class at Brigham Young University in Provo. She was crossing Canyon Road coming off University Avenue when suddenly she was struck by a car.
Lexi doesn't remember that day or the two weeks that followed. But her smashed longboard and the graphic pictures of her in the hospital are evidence that something awful happened. She suffered a severe brain injury, fractured vertebrae and a broken tibia.
Lexi went to the hospital in extremely critical condition. Doctors told the Hansens their daughter most likely would not survive and that she had the brain activity of a chair, they brought up organ donation.
Her family wouldn't give up hope, as Lexi lay in a coma they set up a Pray for Lexi Facebook page. As word of her accident got out, nearly 30 thousand followers flocked to the page. Family, friends and complete strangers began praying for her, a song was even written in her behalf.
After some excruciating days something amazing happened; on a quiet Sunday afternoon as her family sang hymns by her bedside she opened her eyes lifted up her hand and signed I love you to each member of the room. Lexi had learned sign language as a child so she could communicate with her older sister who is deaf.
According to her family that was the beginning of her amazing recovery. Lexi and her parents credit her recovery to all the outpouring of support.
Her father said, "Without everybody's faith and prayers she wouldn't be with us today."
By: Dan Rascon
Written and Produced by Angie Dennison
(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcasting Group)