"We’re believing that God is in the process of healing this girl for his glory, his honor,” Tre, the girl's father, said.
Sarah Faulkner, a 7-year-old girl from Tennessee, was swimming with her family at Hurricane Creek at Loretta Lynn's Ranch campground in Waverly, when a teenager jumped from a 30-foot-high rock and landed directly on her back. The freak accident has now left the girl paralyzed from the lower chest down, according to FOX17.
The little girl is currently hospitalized at Vanderbilt in Nashville, and her family is putting all their faith in God for a miracle.
“She said when the girl landed on her back that her whole body froze, and she hit her head on the bottom of the creek and evidently drove her all the way to the bottom,” her father Tre Faulkner said. “And she said, ‘Daddy, my whole body froze, and I couldn’t move my arms, then my arm started working again, and I swam to the top and started screaming.’”
Faulkner had to get 19 staples in her skull, but a conversation Tre Faulkner had with her doctor made the family realize that she may never be able to walk again. "I said, ‘Sir, man to man, just tell me the truth. Will she ever walk again?’ He said, ‘No, I do not believe so, but there is something out there more powerful than me.’”
The Faulkners—from Christiana, Rutherford County—are a very close-knit family and the tragedy has only brought them closer than ever. Ever since news of the accident was made public, several people from all corners of the world have sent messages praying for their daughter's speedy recovery.
“And I personally have never in my life ever seen so much prayer over one incident flowing and flowing. Not just prayer, but people saying, ‘Lord make her walk again’ and saying ‘She will walk again.’ And I want to read to you a message that came from Germany from a lady who lost her daughter," the father said.
"She said, ‘I don't believe in God and I'm not really good in these prayer things–especially not since my firstborn daughter died without any reason. But today, I was praying to whoever and whatever there may be for a full recovery. And I'm telling you that God is using this evil, horrible accident, to bring glory to Jesus Christ, who is the Savior of the world, and the solution for all of our problems,” added Tre.
In all of this confusion, the teen who landed on Faulkner ran away, but neither the family nor the little girl have anything against her. When they asked Faulkner what to do about the girl, "she said we should forgive. And so we literally prayed for the girl. We can’t imagine the kind of pain she is going through right now," the father shared.
All that the family really wants is a miracle, for the girl to be able to walk again. And they do have something to hold on, to, especially since she is showing small but definite signs of recovery.
“And so we’re asking God for a miracle that can’t even be explained. That God will heal her and he’s healing her now! Because the first day she went into the hospital she had no rectal tone, which means there’s no muscle tone in there. That’s what happens to paraplegics. The very next day, she had rectal tone. Last night, she moved her toes, not her toes but moved her feet like this, just barely moving them. So we’re believing that God is in the process of healing this girl for his glory, his honor,” Tre said.
Meanwhile, a GoFundMe page with a very simple title '#SarahWILLwalkagain' has been set up to help pay for medical expenses.
Cover Image Source: Facebook | Tre Kristin Faulkner