It's been a whirlwind summer for 17-year-old Alexandra Garcia. Just days into her summer vacation, the McCollum High School senior nearly lost her life. Several weeks later she's back on the court playing varsity volleyball for her school.
In early June, Garcia was riding on an ATV with two friends when she was thrown off and landed on her head. She wasn't wearing a helmet.
"I really don't remember anything, actually," Garcia said Monday afternoon. "They had to tell me (what happened) because I had no idea. I didn't think I'd be right here right now."
Garcia's brain was so damaged by the accident that her doctors told her parents they didn't think she would survive.
"She wasn't supposed to be going to school," Alex Garcia said, recalling his daughter's prognosis. "They didn't even think she'd come out of it."
Alexandra's dad and other family members held prayer vigils and even mentally prepared for a funeral, but after 10 days in a coma she finally woke up. She couldn't talk and she was paralyzed, but not for long.
"It went from one thumb up, to waving, to the leg moving, to the toes moving, and all of a sudden she just wanted to get up," Alex said. "She surprised the doctors. They were even scratching their heads. They don't really understand how quick she could react to this."
Now back to nearly 100 percent with no lasting effects, Alex said seeing his daughter go from a coma to the volleyball court in less than three months is really nothing short of a miracle.
"If there's any doubt in anyone's mind that God exists, he exists. This is an angel walking right here," Garcia said. "She is an inspiration to everyone. She's walking and she's happy and she's smiling, and I thank God every day for it."