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Injured Winnie teen determined to walk again

Updated: Wednesday, August 20 2014, 01:30 AM CDT
WINNIE - by Haley Bull

Cecilia Olvera, 13, will start 7th grade next week, her first time back in class since a February accident. Tuesday, she's home after a second round of therapy in a Chicago hospital and is determined to reach her goals.

Inch by inch, step by step, the teen is trading one set of wheels for another.

"You can never tell with a spinal cord," Olvera said, "It is true but I'm gonna prove that you can walk again."

In February, a truck hit the teen on Highway 73 just moments after she stepped off her Hamshire Fannett school bus. She ended up in hospitals for months.

"Thanks to my mom," Olvera said, "I was like always positive, I was always thinking positive."

Now, the teen is on the road to recovery.

"I'm able to walk with a walker and bars," Olvera said.

After a second round of treatment in a Chicago hospital, she can move her left hand but not her right, and is moving her legs with the help of a walker, bars and braces.

"It makes me happy that everyone's happy, that I'm recovering real quick, I'm just happy," Olvera said.

Next week will be another stepping stone.

"It's gonna be nice to see all my friends, have my normal life like I had before," Olvera said.

She will head back to school for the first time since the accident, splitting time between her walker and wheelchair.

"I'm nervous to see the reaction of my friends because I mean it's awkward, but I think I'll get used to it, I'll get used to being in a wheelchair but I know very soon I'll get out of it," Olvera said.

She has a goal to take each step on her own.

"I know it's gonna be hard, but I'm gonna reach that goal," Olvera said.

She will continue physical therapy and go back to Chicago in about three months.
Injured Winnie teen determined to walk again

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