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Posted: June 26, 2014

Girl who nearly lost foot in crash is back on dance floor

Doctors had said she might never walk or dance again


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WPXI-TV – Pittsburgh

RUSSELLTON, Pa. —

Nearly two years ago, WPXI-TV in Pittsburgh covered a fatal crash involving a school van that rolled over.

The driver was killed in the wreck. But Elizabeth Greiner, then 12 years old, survived. It was months before she could stand on her own.

Greiner almost lost a foot and fractured her skull in the accident. Doctors said she might not walk and certainly wouldn’t dance.

Greiner underwent extensive physical therapy to get back on her feet.

“If she was a dancer, it was never going to happen again,” said Greiner’s mother, Carol.

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Despite predictions, Greiner believed she could dance again.  And today, the 14-year-old is doing it.

WPXI-TV visited Greiner at Twirl Time in Russellton, where Greiner was rehearsing for a recital.

“I decided I was going to be able to do this again,” Greiner said.

Greiner’s mother and instructor couldn’t be more proud.

“It’s an honor to be part of that.  I’m just grateful they walked into my studio,” said Marianne Rieg.

Greiner also gets support from her peers at Twirl Time.

“I’ll get tired and frustrated.  They tell me, ‘Try it again,’” Greiner said.

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