My daughter, Anne, is a 16-year-old competitive soccer player. She serves as a junior captain of her Trinity Prep high school soccer team as well as a player on the Football Club of America (Kumba Soccer) located here in Orlando. Her Kumba team was having a car wash fund raiser in late September. An accident occurred where one teammate's foot slipped off the brakes and the car pinned another teammate against a wall. Bree McMahon's legs were crushed. Anne was one of many who sprang into action. She called 911 and provided a towel for Bree's head as she lay on the ground awaiting the arrival of paramedics.
Initially, we anticipated broken legs and damage to Bree's knees. The severity of the accident came to light a few hours later when Anne's text from the hospital said, "Bree's legs might have to be amputated because the blood vessels were crushed." Judith and I immediately headed to the hospital to be and pray with the girls.
Jenna Bush Hager (George and Laura Bush's daughter) of The Today Show did a feature on Bree. The clip below tells the story. You'll also get to see and hear a brief comment from Anne from behind Bree's hospital bed.
Bree and Chelsea (the driver involved in the freak accident) are young Christian girls whose faith is serving them both well in terms of forgiveness given and received. The character of both young ladies is remarkable.
If it were your legs crushed that day, how would you respond? My hope would be that I would have grace and understanding like Bree.