In November 2019, Amyah was involved in a car accident, where she was paralyzed her from the navel down. The night of the crash, Amyah was flown from Montana to Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she underwent 12 surgeries in three months. To date, she has undergone more than 30 procedures.
According to Amyah’s grandmother, Michelle, the support Amyah and her family have received is incomparable and life changing. Michelle is also grateful for all the different ways Amyah’s doctors and care team at Primary Children’s went above and beyond.
In one instance, when Amyah noticed she no longer had a belly button after her surgeries and asked if she could get one, Dr. Katie Russell worked with the plastic surgery team to fulfil her wish and create one for her.
Additionally, to help lift Amyah’s spirits, Dr. Russell felt Amyah could benefit from meeting someone with a similar injury. The hospital helped arrange for Amyah to meet Amberley Snyder, a paralyzed championship barrel racer whose story is the subject of the Netflix original movie Walk. Ride. Rodeo.
“Primary Children’s saved our granddaughter’s life,” said Michelle. “Dr. Russell, Dr. Glen Lau, Dr. Matthew Grinsell, and Dr. Scott Short have all been phenomenal. We feel so thankful to be able to see them in Billings at the Pediatric Specialty Clinic. It puts us at ease knowing they are just a phone call away.”
Today, Amyah is back in school, participating in equine therapy and loves to play games like hide and seek. She rides 4 wheelers, transfers herself everywhere, and even goes up and down the stairs at her aunt and uncle’s home.
“Amyah is my hero,” said Michelle. “Her perseverance, courage and fierce determination is what keeps me going every day. She continues to amaze and inspire me with her positive attitude, and she has never once felt sorry for herself. She is truly incredible.”
Primary Children’s serves one of the largest geographic areas of any children’s hospital, including children from Montana, like Amyah – as well as patients and families in Utah, Idaho, Nevada, Wyoming and beyond.
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