DALLAS - A 12-year-old Plano girl is in a medically-induced coma after her family's SUV was rear-ended on Thanksgiving Day.
Jayden-Faith Fraser was heading home from feeding the homeless in Dallas with her family. They were driving by the school she wants to attend, Booker T. Washington, on their way home when they got into this wreck.
The 12-year-old is filled with talent. In her hip hop class, she's known as Jay-Fay and takes after her mother, Michelle, who was a former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader.
"She is just full of light and love,” Michelle said.
That light and love are being reflected back to her as she fights for her life in a medically-induced coma at Children's Medical Center in Dallas. Her dance team stood outside the hospital and shined flashlights into her room, where she's been since Thanksgiving Day.
The Frasers were heading home from feeding the homeless with People's Missionary Baptist Church on Thanksgiving morning, a family tradition. That morning, Jay-Fay was all smiles. Her father, Jason, remembers the moment the accident happened as they were merging from I-35 onto the Dallas North Tollway.
"It just felt like a bomb went off in our car, like a massive explosion and chaos,” Jason said.
"I put my arms around my daughter and tried to keep her breathing, keep her upright and calling for him because he was very disoriented,” Michelle recalled.
Jason suffered a concussion that knocked him out for three days. But it's been five days for Jay-Fay. Doctors told Michelle it's a miracle the 12-year-old is alive.
"She would want us to be happy because she wants everybody to be happy,” Michelle said.”And she would want us to be strong."
Her parents are staying positive, taking the coma hour by hour and asking for prayers.
"The world is getting to be a better place because of just her energy that she's put out in the world the last 12 years,” her father said. “I just know that she's gotten this far for a reason."
The family asked to give a special shout out to the first responders who helped them and the doctors at Children's Medical Center, who they say are doing everything they can for Jay-Fay.