Lincoln girl gets a second chance at life

By: Megan Palera

It's been a difficult time for the Heier family since Taylor's accident. This holiday season she has something to be thankful for, a second chance at life.

If you were to look at bright-eyed, smiling 14-year-old Taylor today, you would never know she'd been an in accident, one that changed her life forever.

Taylor Heier had been riding horses since she was five. Last June, she was thrown from one and hit her head. Taylor was not wearing a helmet. She was rushed to the emergency room where she underwent immediate brain surgery. The doctors gave her a 50-50 chance of survival.

After several weeks in the hospital, Taylor returned home. After several months, she began to feel like her normal self again. Throughout it all, she's remained positive. Her mom says even since the day she woke up in the hospital.

Taylor is now hoping to inspire others struggling with diseases or unexpected hardships. She sells bracelets, catered to their illness. She's doing anything she can to make the most of her second chance at life.