OLD CITY (WTXF) - It's been a year since the train accident that changed a young Philadelphia dancer's life.
Natasha Ward remembers being told that her then 11-year-old daughter, Sienna, had been run over by the wheels of a CXS freight train.
"It was like somebody just snatched my breath away. Like no not my baby," Natasha recalled.
It happened back on June 7, 2017, on the 5700 block of Grays Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia.
Police say she and some friends were throwing rocks and trying to touch the train as it passed by. That’s when Sienna slipped.
Her right leg was severed at the hip.
She struggled to recover at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, but her left leg then became infected.
"I’m like take it. I’d rather have her here with me then worry about a leg that's potentially killing her," Natasha said.
Sienna was sent home in August but her therapy has continued. Friday morning, she and her mother appeared on Good Day Philadelphia and talked about her road to recovery.
Sienna now has her sights set on getting fitted with prosthetic legs so she can get back to following her passion of dancing. A recent infection has caused a bit of a setback for her getting her prosthetics, but Sienna and her mother aren’t giving up hope.
Sienna also talked about the influence Philadelphia sports has had on her recovery. Back in October, she was honored at a Philadelphia 76ers game, and given the “Strong Kid of the Game Award.”
She also talked about the memories she made at the Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl parade.
Luckily, Eagles defensive back Jalen Mills just so happened to be at FOX 29’s for a segment on bullying. Mills came bearing gifts, and surprised Sienna with a signed football and Eagles gear.