Cheyenne Rae Owensby is a healthy and happy girl when she is born. She the one and only for her mom. But one day as her father was supposed to come visit, something horrible happens.
Cheyenne’s parents are separated and the baby visits her father every second weekend. But this time everything happens differently: Cheyenne’s mom receives a terrible call - and that after just an hour.
Cheyenne is just 8 months old. Her father grabs her and shakes her because the little girl will not stop crying. The adult’s strength is too much for the baby and her skull breaks, leading to internal bleeding in her brain.
The desperate mother is informed that her daughter has been flown to a nearby hospital. She is no longer breathing.
The horrible news from the hospital is: her daughter will require long-term care for the rest of her life, remaining in a vegetative state: “Between crying so hard I was shaking and throwing up, I was begging God to please save her or to take me instead. Right when I got by her bedside — seeing her covered in bandages, IVs everywhere, her leg was black from a blood clot, she was so swollen — my phone rings and it’s the cops saying James confessed to shaking her.”
“The man I was in love with, my first love, high school sweetheart, a guy I had known and shared a life with almost 10 years did this to OUR daughter.
My whole world came crashing down.”
Cheyenne’s father confesses to what he did. He simply “lost control” and is sentenced to 20 years in prison. But while he sits in prison, the mother continues to fight for Cheyenne’s life. The doctors say that she will not survive the night. She if she does, she will spend the rest of her life in a vegetative state.
But then a miracle happens: even though half of Cheyenne’s brain has to be removed, the little girl actually wakes up! She can speak and move, but the right side of her body is paralyzed. Nevertheless, she doesn’t lose her joie de vivre and doesn’t give up despite her disability.
In the meantime, Cheyenne has turned 3 and now can enjoy her life to the fullest. When you see her smile, you can’t believe what once happened to this sweet girl.
Cheyenne’s mother writes regularly on Facebook and updates her friends and family about Cheyenne’s progress. But what is most important to her is that everyone knows: “Be careful who you trust your children to!” Share this poignant message with everyone you know. Maybe it can save a life.