The devastating injury occurred in the spring of 2015 — just weeks before her senior prom — when Bailey Murrill was goofing around with her dad in their back yard.
“He had me over his shoulders, we were just horse playing,” she recalled. “I flipped somehow and landed on my back. I had no feelings in my legs from the hips down.”
Bailey was rushed from her home in Denton, Texas, to the UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, where the then-17-year-old remained paralyzed for nearly two weeks.
Bailey credits her and her family’s strong faith in helping them cope with the ordeal as she struggled through seemingly endless rounds of physical therapy during the following days:
My family and my support system and myself never lost our faith in God and put everything in his hands. It doesn’t have to be a lot, but if I could touch one person. That’s all that really counts.
She’d lost all feeling from her waist down, and the doctors issued a grim prognosis: Her chances of ever walking again were less than five percent.
But the feeling in her legs started to come back after just 11 days! When she realized she could walk again, Bailey took the opportunity to surprise one of her favorite nurses.
In the video below, Bailey wheels down the hallway of the hospital toward a gathering of nurses. One of them walks toward her with her arms wide open, expecting to bend down to give her young patient a hug.
Instead, Bailey stands up. And the nurse’s screams fill the hallway as she pulls her into a bear hug, yelling, “Yes! Thank you Lord!”
Bailey’s mom, Becky, shot the video, and just weeks after it went viral, her daughter was getting gussied up for senior prom!
“Two weeks ago, I got told I had a five percent chance of ever walking again, and now I’m at prom,” Bailey said. “It’s awesome!”
What a lucky young lady!
Watch the emotional moment Bailey surprised her favorite nurse in the video below, and share!