NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A four-year-old Nacogdoches girl is still in a hospital, after being severely injured in a head-on collision.
Allyson Troxell was injured after the vehicle she was traveling in was slammed head-on by a car driven by William Gleyn Morris, 82, of Nacogdoches. Morris' passenger and wife, Oweeda Howard Morris, 78, died in the Nov. 2 accident.
Before the wreck, Allyson was a healthy three-year-old who loved to play with her brother, cousins and her aunt's cat.
Since the automobile accident, Allyson has been unable to do her favorite things. The child was lifeflighted to a Houston hospital the week of her fourth birthday.
"She broke her neck and her bladder ruptured and she broke both sides of her pelvic bone," said Heather Owens, Allyson's mother.
It's a mother's nightmare. Owens knew her daughter was paralyzed from the waist down. Then last week something remarkable happened.
"My sister was tickling her feet," Owens said.
Suddenly Allyson began moving her toes and feet. Then she started talking. It's a glimmer of hope on this long road to recovery.
"She will need the best care she's able to get," Owens said.
Doctors say Chicago's Shriner's Hospital is the place for Allyson.
"Shriner's Hospital in Chicago, that is their specialty," said family friend Sandra Egan. "They do miracles there and now with her moving her toes a little bit that's a wonderful, wonderful sign."
Egan opened a baby Allyson fund. Heather and her mother lost their incomes. They were both injured in the wreck and they need to be by Allyson's side.
"The family, to me, is in dire straits," Egan said. "Small or large, just a little bit will make a difference. Just anything that anybody can do to help them with this will be greatly appreciated and I know God will bless them for it."
"We love her so much," Owens said. "That's my baby girl."
Donations can be made at any Bancorp South branch. Just ask for the Baby Allyson Fund.