Prayer vigil held for teen in coma

Alexandria Garcia, 16, thrown from ATV in accident

Published On: Jun 11 2013 09:48:13 PM CDT   Updated On: Jun 12 2013 04:59:26 AM CDT
Alex Garcia vigil teen

The father of 16-year-old Alexandria Garcia is heartbroken.

In front of dozens of family and friends, he shared how his daughter is doing after being in a serious ATV accident over the weekend.

"My daughter had massive brain injuries (and now) she's literally in God's hands," said her father, Alex Garcia.

On Saturday, Garcia was on an ATV with two friends. Her father said she was riding in the center of the ATV when she was thrown off. 

It happened on Ansley Boulevard on the city's South Side. Police say no one was wearing a helmet.

"My daughter was in the center of the four-wheeler and got ejected through the trees and landed on her head," he said.

Alex’s father said it’s been three days, and she has not woken up. 

It's vigils like the one held Tuesday night where he's hoping the power of prayer will help his daughter pull through.

"And that's what everyone's praying for, just a thumb's up ... I don't care how long she's going to be in the hospital, as long as we know she's going to be OK," he said.

One of the friends who was in the accident made it to the vigil. 

His silence and sprained arm and leg was just a glimpse of the pain he too was going through.   

Despite the fact his daughter remains in a coma, Alex Garcia said his daughter continues to fight for her life, and they continue to pray for a miracle.