Valley teen paralyzed in sledding accident, hopeful to walk again

PHOENIX - 16-year old Katrina Gerster is fighting to walk again, after a sledding accident in Flagstaff that left her paralyzed from the waist down.

"I just remember after hitting the tree not being able to move my head or anything and then I blacked out," said Gerster.

Emergency crews rushed her to the nearest hospital where she underwent emergency surgery. For the past month, she's been re-learning how to do everything from a wheelchair.

"It's tough, but the thought of being able to do things like normal keep me motivated," said Gerster.

Nurses and staff at St. Joseph's Hospital are impressed by Katrina's outlook.

"I used to think that she was very brave and optimistic before, but I guess I never realized how brave she was," said Katrina's mom Jenny Gerster.

Gerster has been attending physical therapy every day since her accident on January 2nd. She will eventually go back to her high school as a junior and ease into classes.

In the meantime, her focus is on a charity run called, "Go for the Gersters" which is scheduled for this Saturday.

All the proceeds will help Katrina and her family with medical bills and re-working her house to accommodate a wheelchair.

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