Mallory's Story | 2013 Kid Captain at Blank Children's Hospital

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On Saturday, November 24, 2012, the lives of the Shepley family were changed forever. Mallory was 9 years old and loved doing chores on her family's farm in Cambridge, Iowa. She was spending the morning on the tractor with her dad, Noel, when it rolled into a ditch trapping both of her legs and killing her dad instantly.

"Many of the responders knew our family and were shocked at the scene they found," said her mother, Renae. "In the midst of the chaos, Mallory sweetly asked them why they were so sad and crying, stating that she knew her daddy was now in heaven."

Mallory was Life Flighted from the scene to Blank Children's Hospital. Trauma surgeons there said she had compartment syndrome in her left leg, a fallen left foot and needed surgery right away. After multiple surgeries and almost a week in the hospital, she was released home in a wheelchair just two hours before her dad's visitation. She attended both the visitation and the funeral and remained her sweet, smiley self.

Her leg healed well and she was able to walk again by January. It took her a while to trust her leg and that it wouldn't be painful to use and regain the strength that she had lost. She is now running and jumping. She is unstoppable!

"It was a hard and emotional time for us, grieving the loss of Noel, planning his funeral and helping Mallory in the hospital," said Renae. "Many people stepped up and helped us and blessed us in so many ways. We have continued to trust in God, to stay strong in our faith, knowing He is our rock in which we stand."

This summer, Mallory went to a week of church camp and an 18-day vacation to Arizona and California where she visited family and the ocean. She is looking forward to school, going to the Iowa State game and resuming her normal activities this year.

"Mallory makes us so proud, her sweet spirit shines bright. God has blessed us and we are so thankful for her. She has especially been amazing in handling such a tragic event with such a true understanding that her dad is in heaven and we will see him again, " said Renae.

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