Zaida Morales wasn't supposed to walk across the stage this Saturday. She wasn't supposed to graduate with her Spring Woods High School classmates. She wasn't even supposed to be walking at all, not so soon anyway.
None of those things were supposed to happen after the evening of Jan. 29, 2016, when the then-junior's legs were crushed by a drunk driver and everything changed. Could surgeons save her legs? Would she ever walk again? How long would that be? With what kind of assistance?
We might have to amputate, the surgeon said, but her legs were saved, rebuilt through hours of surgery. You likely won't walk for two years, she was told, but she was walking without assistance seven months after going home from the hospital.
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