9-Year-Old Girl Recovering After Snowboarder Nearly Cut Her Head Off In Freak Accident

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‘An absolute miracle’: 9-year-old girl recovering from near-fatal neck injury after skiing accident -Pittsburg’s Action 4 News

Nine-year-old Josie Kovacic was going skiing with her family when a snowboarder lost control and crashed into her.

On Feb. 27, Josie went skiing at Seven Springs with her grandfather and some family members. A snowboarder lost control and crashed into Josie, throwing her 20 feet in the air

Her heart stopped beating for about 10 minutes and her head was detached from her neck by about two inches.

Josie’s brother and cousin saw her and started to scream for help. A doctor and a nurse came to help, and it took about 10 minutes for them to get Josie revived and get her heart beating again. Josie was flown to UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh with her neck injury.

A surgeon said a vast number of things had to go right before Josie got to the hospital for her to live.

Josie braved three months in the hospital between the PICU and rehab, and is now walking, talking, reading and writing. She was told she may never eat or speak normally again, but she’s already completely eating her meals.

Josie Kovacic continues to make remarkable strides as she continues to heal. Her grandpa, Joe Kovacic, believes she has a purpose in life and this recovery process will have a big impact on her.

To learn more about this shocking story, please consider the news outlets listed below.

  1. ‘An absolute miracle’: 9-year-old girl recovering from near-fatal neck injury after skiing accident  Pittsburg’s Action 4 News

  2. ‘An absolute miracle’: 9-year-old girl recovering from near-fatal neck injury after skiing accident  SFGATE

  3. Motorcycle driver and passenger die in Bedford crash  WMUR9

  4. A 9-year-old girl is recovering from a near-fatal neck injury  North Carolina Time

  5. An absolute miracle’: 9-year-old girl recovering from near-fatal neck injury after skiing accident  WBAL
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