Perry sledding accident survivor goes home

PERRY -- We have an update on an inspirational story we first brought you back in February.

You may remember Susie Mettler.

She's the 17-year-old from Lake County who was severely injured in a sledding accident.

Day by day, Susie is getting stronger.

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Now that she's home, Susie is surrounded by everything she loves.

"Being with family and laughing and watching TV. I really missed that. I cherish them because I couldn't do that for three months, and now that's the best part," said Susie.

Back in December, Susie was in the ICU at MetroHealth Medical Center with broken bones in her neck and spine.

The accident left her a quadriplegic.

Today Susie is determined to get back to doing all she used to -- like feeding her goats and her 2,000 pound, Pop Tart-eating cow named Hebber.

"It's different now. She's 10 times bigger than me. She was before. I just feel so small compared to her," Susie said with a smile.

Susie's four-wheeler and tractor will soon be modified so she can ride again with her twin sister, Jenny.

"It's so exciting. When she was in the PICU, it's so different now with how big a change she's made. I can't even imagine what she'll be like in a few years," said Jenny.

Friends have built a wheelchair ramp around the house, and donations will help build an specialized addition with a sidewalk leading to the barn.

"The support from our friends and family and community is tremendous. Like Susie says, it's overwhelming, I can't imagine so many people wanting to help us," said Susie's mom, Tina.

Susie still has a long recovery ahead, but she says nothing will stop her -- not even from playing softball once again.

"Obviously this happened, it's a tragedy. I still have a good life. I have a great I family. I have a great future, I think, and I don't want to dwell on this. I think I'm going to be ok," said Susie.

Susie is set to graduate from high school this spring.

She plans to attend college and give talks on being treated the same -- no matter what obstacle a person has to overcome.


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