A Hickman County teenager continues to recover at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital after she was hurt in a school bus crash Tuesday near Williamsport.
Demetria Barner, 17, has a crushed hip and pelvis. Both of her femurs are broken, her knee is shattered, her face needs reconstruction and she has bruising and bleeding on the brain.
"If I could change spots I would," said her mother Kristy Damron.
The teen has endured a 10-hour surgery Wednesday, and she has another scheduled for Friday.
"Faith: that's all you got to have is faith," Damron said.
And, really, this is just the beginning.
"The doctor told me that she will probably have to go through surgery like this for the next two or three years, and that will have to eventually replace her hip," Damron said.
Demetria's Hickman County school bus crashed after the driver lost control, struck a culvert and went airborne into some trees.
The girl's 12-year-old sister, Kneely, was on the bus with Demetria and is now traumatized by what she saw.
"I almost hit my head, but I tried to save myself by covering my head. And all I could think about was Demetria," Kneely Barner said.
Demetria's friends and classmates are anxiously awaiting her recovery. Each student at her school signed a card to express their thoughts and support.
Her parents ask for prayers, support and changes like lower speed limits for school buses and seat belts on buses.
"It might of saved my child a lot of pain and suffering that she's going through now and going to go through," Damron said.
But if there's just one thing to take away, Damron says, it's before your kids get on the bus and leave for school, make sure they know you love them.
"And that they're always going to be there for them, because you never know. You never know what, tomorrow morning, only the good Lord does," she said.
If you want to contribute to a fund for Demetria's recovery, donations are being accepted at Community First Bank and Trust in Columbia, Mt. Pleasant and Centerville, and any US Bank on behalf of Demetria Barner.
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