NEW BERLIN - A New Berlin family is counting blessings after surviving an awful accident that left a little girl seriously hurt.
The family recently got to thank some of the those who saved their lives. Eight-year-old Amie and six-year-old Sammy Rindt were riding in a car with their father when another vehicle crossed the median and hit them head on. All three were hurt, but the most serious was Amie.
She was taken by Flight for Life to Children's Hospital. It happened September 8th, 2013. It was a terrifying time for Grandmother Shirley Rindt. She admits, "We were scared to death. We didn't know for the first 24 hours if she was even going to live."
Amie had to undergo 14 surgeries. Rindt explains, "Initially, we had been told that her brain stem had been severed from her spinal chord. They called it an internal decapitation." But the eight-year-old survived, thanks to the Lake Country Fire Department, the Flight for Life crew, the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department and Children's Hospital.