A Janesville girl whose arm was badly injured in an accident a few weeks ago is making a robust recovery, which her family and doctor credit in part to her positive attitude.
Alyssa Hartin is far from out of the woods, but she's determined and nothing is going to stop her from coming back from the devastating injury. And if Hartin's smile reveals her innocence, her words show her strength.
"I'm just happy because my grandpa actually saved my life," she said.
The 11-year-old's right arm is heavily bandaged now, but she's lucky it's there at all.
"It actually did feel like my arm was gone and half of it was," she said.
Her arm was hurt a few weeks ago when Hartin was traveling with her grandfather in a tractor-trailer. A strong storm hit as the two were driving in Louisiana during Alyssa's spring break. The storm knocked the semi on its side.
"And when it tipped, my arm flung out the window," Alyssa said.