For the first time, the parents of the girl who fell into a frozen Henrico are talking. They say Destiny Harris just had surgery and is doing well, but is still sedated. The ten-year-old has been in the hospital since Sunday.
The family says Destiny is responding to doctors by opening and closing her eyes and squeezing their hands. They say she's a fighter. Right now, they have high hopes Destiny will make a full recovery.
"It's going to be a slow process, but she's progressing very well," said Lewis Lowry, her father. Lowry says his daughter is now sedated, but she can hear him. "I talk to her, she can hear," he said. "I tell her that daddy and everybody out here loves her."
Her grandmother tells us she was born premature and has never given up.
"She has that fight in her, and she will pull through," said Antonia Charles.
Four days ago, Destiny was visiting a friend at the Treehouse Apartment complex off Wilkinson Road. It was the middle of the afternoon when she fell into the freezing waters. Firefighters say by the time they got to her, she was underneath the ice, and it took eight minutes to get her out.
The family says the people who jumped in, including teenager Ammar Jabbar and the firefighters, are their heroes.
"I salute him for going in, trying to save my daughter," said Lewis. "I want to give thanks to him and the whole fire department."
The family has been at the hospital every day, including celebrating her tenth birthday Wednesday. They filled her hospital room with balloons and cards. Her grandmother says Destiny will have a real celebration soon.
"I'm waiting on her to make her grand entry back to us, so I can give her the princess and frog cake," said Charles.
It's not yet known how much longer this little girl will be in the hospital, but her family is asking everyone to continue praying for her recovery.
The family said the firefighters who saved her have promised to take the little girl out on a ride once she feels better. Destiny's father says this shouldn't happen to another family. He says he wants a fence to go around the area near the pond.
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