DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) A local high school student was fighting for her life in the cardiac pulmonary critical unit.
On August 12th, Mckenzie Sasser started her final year of high school. A few days later the senior's life was put on hold. (Source: WTVY)
Just two weeks ago, Mckenzie Sasser's family was told she would have a long recovery, but things have changed for the Rehoboth High School senior.
Two weeks ago, McKenzie’s brother said only 3% of his sister's lungs were working and that doctors said she would be on a ventilator and ECMO machine for at least a month.
But now, her friends say she's a walking miracle.
“She was not expected to live. Her survival at best 50% and that is with her artificial lung that she was placed on,” says Pastor Josh Alderman of First Free Will Baptist Church.
Those who know Mckenzie Sasser were devastated when she suddenly fell ill and was airlifted to UAB hospital.
It took three doctor visits in a single day to find out how critical Mckenzie's condition was.
She was up against sepsis. It’s an extreme reaction to an infection.
“Once we understood the severity of the issue we all gathered together to support for her and came together and prayed for her,” says Alderman.
Her church raised money, a friend sold t-shirts, and teachers collected money and gift cards for the family while Mckenzie was in the hospital.
This weekend she surprised everyone.
“We were not expecting her, but she came through the doors and we were all so excited and blown away,” says Alderman.
They gave her a standing ovation
While she was able to attend church, she hasn't returned to class yet.
In a note Rehoboth High says:
“We are so excited to have Mckenzie Sasser back at Rehobeth. She was able to come to school today to get her makeup work. She made a speedy recovery and we are looking forward to her returning to school.
She has been on our prayer list and we are happy that those prayers were answered. We will continue to work with the family and hopefully get her back to school soon.”
Her friends are eager to welcome her back.
“We are so so thankful to that everything is okay... We love you,” says Riley Pollard a friend of Mckenzie.
For some, her story is proof that faith works.
“Mackenzie is a testimony to prayer and how God still answers prayer,” says Alderman.
Mackenzie surprised everyone, even more, when she joined with the praise team Sunday.
This Sunday she'll be back to share her story with her church family.
The service starts at 10:30 a.m. at First Freewill Baptist Church.