5-year-old girl gets free flight to rehab hospital

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Posted: Jul 11, 2011 4:44 PM by Rachel Frost
Updated: Jul 11, 2011 6:16 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: girl, free, flight, rehab, hospital, Chicago, crash, spine injury, AirMed, Acacia Shriners

BATON ROUGE- A family's wish was granted today when their five-year-old girl got a free flight to a rehab hospital in Chicago, in order to get treatment for a severe spine injury.

Sianna Paddie held her teddy bear close as she was lifted onto an AirMed airplane. Today was her first time to fly.

The Acacia Shriners, an organization dedicated to providing pediatric medical care, paid more than $20-thousand to fly Sianna from Baton Rouge to Chicago.

"We don't ask questions, we just help a child that can't help themselves," Acacia Shriners of Baton Rouge member, Gerard Ruth said.

Sianna spent the past two months in the hospital. She was with her mom when their car went off the road and crashed into a tree in Ascension Parish. Her mom died and Sianna suffered a spinal injury.

"Initially [doctors] told us she'd never be able to breathe again, she'd never be able to eat again, walk again, talk again, nothing," Sianna's aunt, Seaira Mathewson said.

Sianna's beating the odds. She can move her arms, legs and even talk.

Sianna's dad is traveling with her to Chicago. Family members say she was supposed to start kindergarten this fall, instead she'll spend the next two months at the rehab hospital.

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