Perry sledding accident victim overcomes the odds

CLEVELAND -- A teenager from Perry is defying the odds after a sledding accident should have taken her life.

The crash happened two months ago but she's already surprising her doctors at MetroHealth Medical Center.

Susie Mettler has a strength behind her smile like no other.

Susie spent many days in the ICU at MetroHealth back in December after a sledding accident left her a quadriplegic.

"We jumped on it, side by side, and I guess we hit a patch of ice and veered off left and I hit straight into a tree," said Susie.

Susie broke four bones in her neck, and one in her spine.

It took 60 staples to close her up.

This once avid softball fanatic had plans to play at the college level.

"I had a softball scholarship to play but I, obviously, can't do that but it's ok," said Susie.

Susie's hospital room is filled with pictures, memories and well wishes.

Her family is grateful to everyone for their support.

"There are some amazing things that people donated and shown their love for our family," said Susie's mom, Tina.

After only a few months, Susie can already sit up on her own.

Susie still has a long recovery ahead of her, but she insists that she will one day walk again.

"I think it's pointless to be sad everyday. I just want to keep doing stuff I did all the time and hang out with my friends and family and do everything I did before, just do it differently," said Susie.

Susie will go home in March.

Her house will need to be modified to meet her needs so family and friends are holding two different benefits.

The first takes place Feb. 22 at Perry High School with a pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and a 4-H spaghetti dinner from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; and a live auction at 7 p.m.

The second is a buffet-style dinner at Willoughby Brewing Company on March 9 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.


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