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‘My little miracle’: Mother grateful after 4-year-old narrowly survives crash rampage

Anjelica Ferrara said her daughter has dozens of injuries.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A 4-year-old girl, who was critically injured after she was involved in back-to-back car crashes with her father 23-year-old Andy Reyes Ramos the night before Thanksgiving is expected to make a near-full recovery.

Anjelica Ferrara said her daughter has dozens of injuries. After the crashes, which involved three cars and at least three collisions, according to Florida Highway Patrol, the 4-year-old, Auriana Reyes’s left side is paralyzed and her spine has separated from her skull.

“She had a halo surgery on Thanksgiving, which is where they apply it for pins, four to eight pins in your head to stabilize your skull to your spine. And then Monday, she had a really big spine surgery to fuse her from her skull base to see to um to stabilize her spine,” Ferrara said.

Auriana will need more surgeries to make the best recovery. Right now, She’s not able to walk.

“We tried to stand her up with physical therapy for the first time yesterday, and she’s definitely unstable. Um, but there’s a there’s good hope that she will with a lot of rehab and therapy,”

Auriana is being transported to Nemours on Monday to continue her treatments. The cost of Auriana’s medical expenses is piling up fast. If you want to help donate to Auriana’s recovery, go here.

“One percent of people survived these injuries. I knew this already because I am a surgical tech, but her doctor told me too that 99% of people do not survive these kinds of injuries or are hooked to machines for the rest of their lives. She s my little miracle. I just hate that this happened during the holidays because it’s her favorite time of year,” Ferrera said.

The girl’s father, Reyes Ramos, was arrested and is facing multiple charges in the crashes, including DUI, reckless driving, and child neglect.

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Brie Isom joined the News4JAX team in January 2021 after spending three years covering news in South Bend, Indiana.