Special needs girl hit by car to make full recovery

Special needs girl hit by car to make full recovery (Image 1)

An 11-year-old girl hit by a car last week is back at home and expected to make a full recovery.

Rebekah Mejia has Down Syndrome. She was hit by a car in front of her home in Ethridge, Lawrence County on March 11.

She was flown to Vanderbilt University's Children's Hospital in Nashville following the accident with multiple skull fractures and broken bones.

By the weekend, she was back at home. Her mother, Teresa Parham, said there have been no major complications, and her daughter is expected to make a full recovery.

News 2 spoke with Rebekah Monday as she played video games and showed off her fingernails, painted by her 10-year-old brother Austin.

She said she is still in pain and cannot remember what happened to her.

Teresa Parham said she knows God is watching out for her little girl.

“God has had his hand on her the whole time. He took care of Rebekah, like he always has. She is amazing. I whispered in her left ear and she can hear me fine and the doctor says the vision was fine on the left side. She doesn't know what happened that day, knocked unconscious. She thinks she went to get her ball and fell,” Parham explained.

The driver that hit Rebekah is James Warren. The Tennessee Highway Patrol charged him with driving on a revoked license.

Warren told News 2 he was praying for the family. This weekend he and his wife visited the little girl.

Parham said, “When he walked in, he broke down. It could've been anyone who hit her, and it could have been so much worse. God knew what would happen; it happened for a reason. She will benefit so many lives.”

Parham added that Warren is welcome to visit any time.

A fund has been set up for the little girl. Donations can be made at any First Bank under the Rebekah Mejia Fund.

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