MIAMI — It's not uncommon for me to write about stories such as Anah Armstrong's. Unfortunately, most weeks crashes causing injuries and death are common, what isn't common is the rest of this story.

On Sep. 24 of this year I wrote about two Jeeps colliding as reported by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, at 6:47 p.m. on State Highway 10 approximately four miles south of Wyandotte in Ottawa County. Anah, a Commerce High School Freshman, was riding in the first Jeep, which was slammed from behind by another Jeep when an inattentive driver had not seen the first vehicle stopped in the roadway attempting to make a turn. Anah's body took the full force of the crash as the tire and metal body of the Jeep she was riding in struck her. Fifteen-year-old Anah was not even identified by name in my first story. OHP does not release the names of juveniles in their reports

Her injuries were life-threatening and numerous, and she was taken to Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Missouri in a coma. Anah’s spleen was lacerated, all her internal organs bruised, all ribs fractured, and a severe skull fracture. She also suffered brain bleed and trauma, her core from the brain to the spine partially shredded, lungs severely bruised and she had been breathing by ventilator.

Her condition was so dire that at one point doctors even asked the family to contemplate taking her off life support.

Anah’s grandmother, Leah McKibben walked into my office a week later and asked to speak to me, the reporter who had written the first article.

Leah told me all she could about Anah, and her condition at the time. Leah was seeking only one thing, prayer.

Anah’s parents, Josh Armstrong and Jennifer Armstrong-Riley and family struggled with little hope of recovery left, but family and friends waited, watched and prayed. And then a miracle occurred.

“We had a doctor that was on vacation and he called Jennifer and Josh as he was on his way back into the country, and told them, ‘Do not make any decisions until I get there. She has been wiggling her toes, moving her hands and pulling out her ventilator," McKibben said through tears during our conversation that day. “I cannot express the relief this is. The doctor says she has a chance and we’re going to give her one. She needs lots and lots and lots of prayers.”

Desperate for hope, Leah asked me to write another article telling Anah’s story, using her name, and pleading with the community to pray for her granddaughter.

My second article about Anah, ‘Seeking prayer for Anah’ appeared in the Oct. 5 edition of the Miami News-Record. Leah told me she would keep me posted and the family started a Facebook page ‘Prayers For Anah,’ so her progress could be followed and messages of encouragement offered.

I followed Anah’s progress on Facebook and asked to do a follow-up article because so many readers had stopped me to ask about her.

On Oct. 26 I wrote ‘Anah Smiled,’ updating readers that she had opened her eyes and smiled. Her progress was so amazing that Anah was moved to a more intensified rehabilitation facility in Aurora, Colorado at the Children’s Hospital by Angel Med Flight on a medical jet.

Facebook page posts by her mother and aunt Taylor Foust, who stayed by her side, detail her struggle to recover.

Oct. 25 “Anah is going in for surgery today. They are putting in a smaller trache and a lung specialist is going to see if her voice box is still working or not… Please pray for her to come through.”

Oct. 27 “Doc said they might be able to take the trache out next week. I can't wait and so hope they do. I can't wait to hear her beautiful voice.”

Oct. 28 “She was more focused today than she has been. Speech therapist came in asked her who I was and to write it down. SHE WROTE (MY MOM.) She asked her how old she was and Anah wrote 15 she is also getting better at writing her name...”

Nov. 1 “Today Anah worked hard in PT they really are great here. The small things that come easy to us don’t come easy to her. Her body has to relearn everything. Like walking, first she needs to learn how to sit up and hold herself that way and stand up. She has to learn how to swallow and learn how to make sounds… Please keep encouraging her as much as possible. She needs all of us to support her. ”

Nov. 8 “Anah did awesome today she got to-do some taste testing, chocolate pudding and ice chips… Her left arm is starting to loosen up and she's really been trying to move it. She's still very wobbly when it comes to walking and still needs a lot of help. But everyday she's getting better. So far in a whisper Anah has said, ‘I love you’ and ‘hi.’ All these things she is doing are very big for her. We are all very excited.”

Nov. 10 “Anah is walking!!!!!! Amazing.”

Nov. 15 “Anah had a voice today. I went to Wal-Mart and on my way there Anah called and said I want to go with you.” And later that same day, “Oh man Anah has been talking up a storm tonight! Since I got here she has asked me questions said who people is asked for stuff too with her voice! I am so proud of her!”

Nov. 16 “Anah ask me who was in the wreck with her and I told her she asked when it was and I told her she asked what today was and after I told her she said, wow.”

“There are eight battles Anah must fight through. So far she has made it through 4 and she is on the 5 stage to her recovery. This battle is going to be very hard for her. It's called the inappropriate and confused stage. In Anah's mind she is in a nightmare and can't wake up... We have to remind her that she is awake and let her know we (are) there for her. She needs lots of prayers. Lots of support.”

Nov. 21 “Anah has had a very busy weekend with family and friends. I haven't seen her smile this much in a long time…PT thinks she’s ready for an outing. Time away from the hospital I think will do her some good. She is exceeding any expectations the doctors had for her and is improving every day.

Nov. 23 “Hey y'all!! So Anah is eating real food now!! …She had apple pie for breakfast.“

On Nov. 25 Anah posted a video message on Facebook. “ Thank you for your prayers. I love you all. I’m doing a lot better now.”

On Dec. 5 Anah celebrated her 16th birthday in the hospital.

Dec. 4 “As you can all see Anah is doing amazing. She is still climbing mountains. I’m happy to say we will be home before Christmas. Anah is off all her meds and hopefully have her G tube out before then. Daily she continues to impress everyone. With the power of prayer staying positive and supportive I truly believe Anah can accomplish anything.”

Dec. 8 “Anah is counting the days till we go home. She is very excited. Anah is still on low stimulus. Meaning she can only be around small groups of people at a time. She still has short-term memory loss but its getting better…"

"Anah is still in stage 5 and getting closer to stage 6. It’s going to take her more time to get through the next stages. And I believe she will. She is working very hard every day. She tells me she is getting stronger and she wants to get better. I’m so proud of her.”

Last week I received a phone call from Leah and she said someone wanted to talk to me, it was Anah. She thanked me for sharing her story and for my prayers. I wept for joy.

On Dec. 18 Anah posted on Facebook, “We are on our way home now. I’m excited to see everyone again.”

Anah arrived home on Monday and was finally reunited with her friends and family.

“She was packed and ready to go. She has to go to therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech at Mercy Hospital in Joplin, and she’s going to have to do that for awhile,” Leah said. “They are waiting for her to plateau out, that’s where she just stops and that’s as good as she gets, but every time she’s doing that – she exceeds it.”

Anah’s friend Anna Wallace has been with her through her recovery, according to Leah.

“She is one of the world’s most amazing teenage girls. It takes a lot to be that type of best friend. She has stood by Anah through everything,” she said,

Leah said Anah now has to adapt to some of the issues she continues to deal with including short-term memory loss. Because her recovery is so remarkable, her case is part of an ongoing research project and Anah’s progress will continue to be monitored.

“She keeps surprising us, so who knows,” Leah said.

While Anah was at the hospital she inspired other families and recovering patients and would ask to pray for them.

“Anah, even in her own condition, is helping others,” Leah said breaking into tears.

Her grandmother says Anah now needs a stationary exercise bike, a twin bed, travel expenses and a membership Bearskin Fitness to an aquatic facility to help with her continued therapy. (Those wanting to help can contact Leah at 918-541-8394)

Leah wanted to thank the community for their continued support.

“Our community needs to know how grateful we are to them. Anah also wants to meet the first response emergency workers who saved her. Without all of these people we would not have had any hope. Those prayers and posts mean a lot to us. We thank all of you and continue to pray for Anah and believe in miracles, they happen,” Leah said. “Everyone needs to remember they told us Anah wouldn’t recover and look at her now. Only God can do that. Even her doctors say, ‘Only God can do that.’”

It's not uncommon for me to write about stories such as Anah Armstrong's. Unfortunately most weeks, crashes causing injuries and death are common, what isn't common is the rest of this story.

On Sep. 24 of this year I wrote about two Jeeps colliding as reported by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, at 6:47 p.m. on State Highway 10 approximately four miles south of Wyandotte in Ottawa County. Anah, a Commerce High School Freshman, was riding in the first Jeep, which was slammed from behind by another Jeep when an inattentive driver had not seen the first vehicle stopped in the roadway attempting to make a turn. Anah's body took the full force of the crash as the tire and metal body of the Jeep she was riding in struck her. Fifteen year-old Anah was not even identified by name in my first story. OHP does not release the names of juveniles in their reports

Her injuries were life threatening and numerous and she was taken to Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Missouri in a coma state. Anah’s spleen was lacerated, all her internal organs bruised, her ribs all fractured, she had a severe skull fracture, brain bleed and trauma, her core from the brain to the spine was partially shredded, her lungs were severely bruised and she had been breathing by ventilator.

Her condition was so dire that at one point the doctors even asked the family to contemplate taking her off life support.

Anah’s grandmother, Leah McKibben walked into my office a week later and asked to speak with me, the reporter who had written the first article.

Leah told me all she could about Anah, and her present condition at the time. Leah was seeking only one thing, prayer.

Anah’s parents, Josh Armstrong and Jennifer Armstrong-Riley and family struggled with little hope of recovery left, but her family and friends waited, watched and prayed. And then a miracle occurred.

“We had a doctor that was on vacation and he called Jennifer and Josh as he was on his way back into the country, and told them, ‘Do not make any decisions until I get there She has been wiggling her toes, moving her hands and pulling out her ventilator, “McKibben said through tears during our conversation that day. “I cannot express the relief this is, the doctor says she has a chance and we’re going to give her one. She needs lots and lots and lots of prayers.”

Desperate for hope, Leah asked me to write another article telling Anah’s story, using her name, and pleading with the community to pray for her granddaughter.

My second article about Anah, ‘Seeking prayer for Anah’ appeared in the Oct. 5 edition of the Miami News Record. Leah told me she would keep me posted and the family started a Facebook page ‘Prayers For Anah,’ so her progress could be followed and messages of encouragement offered.

I followed Anah’s progress on Facebook, and asked to do a follow up article because so many readers had stopped me to ask about her.

On Oct. 26 I wrote ‘Anah Smiled,’ updating readers that she had opened her eyes and smiled. Her progress was so amazing that Anah was moved to a more intensified rehabilitation facility in Aurora, Colorado to the Children’s Hospital by Angel Med Flight on a medical jet.

Facebook page posts by her mother and aunt Taylor Foust ,who stayed by her side, detail her struggle to recover.

Oct. 25 “Anah is going in for surgery today. They are putting in a smaller trache and a lung specialist is going to see if her voice box is still working or not …Please pray for her to come through.”

Oct. 27 “Doc said they might be able to take the trache out next week. I can't wait and so hope they do. I can't wait to hear her beautiful voice.”

Oct. 28 “She was more focused today then she has been. Speech therapist came in asked her who I was and to write it down SHE WROTE (MY MOM.) She asked her how old she was and Anah wrote 15 she is also getting better at writing her name... Anah also called the nurse a loser in sign. Made the nurse laugh. She said Anah had a fighting spirit and loves to see Anah in her funny moods. Anah also showed the physical therapist she could sit up using her left hand to hold onto something. This is also a big thing because she hasn't had much movement to that side of her body. She's done so much in one week that she's been here, I can't wait to see what all she can do next week.”

Oct. 31 “Yay Anah's trache is out.”

Nov. 1 “Today Anah worked hard in PT they really are great here. The small things that come easy to us don’t come easy to her. Her body has to relearn everything. Like walking, first she needs to learn how to sit up and hold herself that way and stand up. She has to learn how to swallow and learn how to make sounds…Anah does have her long-term memory but no short term so having to relearn to all these things can be very difficult. We often have to tell her why she is here because she gets scared confused and even mad. It's very important to stay positive with her and encourage everything she does no matter how small. That's another reason why I go to her group page and let her know as much as possible that she is loved and how many people believe in her. It means the world to her. Please keep encouraging her as much as possible. She needs all of us to support her. ”

Nov. 3 “So far today Anah has walked to the nurses station with help. She wants to get up and go. Yesterday she was in her chair she took her buckle off and stood up.”

Nov. 7 “Anah is doing so well! Dressed herself without too much repetition this morning and answered questions too! She knows where she is and why she is here so that’s great! She is napping now, worked pretty hard this morning.”

Nov. 8 “Anah did awesome today she got to-do some taste testing, chocolate pudding and ice chips… Her left arm is starting to loosen up and she's really been trying to move it. She's still very wobbly when it comes to walking and still needs a lot of help. But everyday she's getting better. So far in a whisper Anah has said, ‘I love you’ and ‘hi.’ All these things she is doing are very big for her. We are all very excited.”

Nov. 10 “Anah is walking!!!!!! Amazing.”

Nov. 15 “Anah had a voice today. I went to Wal-Mart and on my way there Anah called and said I want to go with you.” And later that same day, “Oh man Anah has been talking up a storm tonight! Since I got here she has asked me questions said who people is asked for stuff too with her voice! I am so proud of her!”

Nov. 16 “Anah ask me who was in the wreck with her and I told her she asked when it was and I told her she asked what today was and after I told her she said, wow.”

“There are eight battles Anah must fight through. So far she has made it through 4 and she is on the 5 stage to her recovery. This battle is going to be very hard for her. It's called the inappropriate and confused stage. In Anah's mind she is in a nightmare and can't wake up. On top of that she is having bad dreams. It's causing Anah to be very violent. She is kicking punching slapping biting and pulling hair. She is also texting friends and family asking them to wake her up. I'm working with the doctors to find a safe way to stop the bad dreams hoping that will help her come back to this reality. We have to remind her that she is awake and let her know we r there for her. She needs lots of prayers. Lots of support.”

Nov. 21 “Anah has had a very busy weekend with family and friends. I haven't seen her smile this much in a long time…PT thinks she’s ready for an outing. Time away form the hospital I think will do her some good. She is exceeding any expectations the doctors had for her and is improving everyday.

Nov. 22 Anah wanted her makeup done this morning.”

Nov. 23 “Hey y'all!! So Anah is eating real food now!! …She had apple pie for breakfast “

On Nov. 25 Anah posted a video message on Facebook. “ Thank you for your prayers. I love you all. I’m doing a lot better now.”

On Dec. 5 Anah celebrated her 16th birthday in the hospital.

Dec. 4 “As you can all see Anah is doing amazing. She is still climbing mountains. I’m happy to say we will be home before Christmas. Anah is off all her meds and hopefully have her G tube out before then. Daily she continues to impress everyone. With the power of prayer staying positive and supportive I truly believe Anah can accomplish anything.”

Dec. 8 “Anah is counting the days till we go home. She is very excited. Anah is still on low stimulus. Meaning she can only be around small groups of people at a time. She still has short-term memory loss but its getting better…Anah is still going to need 24-hour supervision. Most things she can do by herself. Like dressing putting her shoes on brushing her hair showering and so on.... Her problem solving is getting better. I feel like there will be some things she will have to relearn and other things she will just need refreshing on. The doctors say it takes two years for the brain to fully heal it self. So its important they we stay positive and encouraging. Anah is still in stage 5 and getting closer to stage 6. It’s going to take her more time to get through the next stages. And I believe she will. She is working very hard everyday. She tells me she getting stronger and she wants to get better. I’m so proud of her.”

Last week I received a phone call from Leah and she said someone wanted to talk to me, it was Anah. She thanked me for sharing her story and for my prayers. I wept for joy.

On Dec. 18 Anah posted on Facebook, “We are on our way home now. I’m excited to see everyone again.”

Anah arrived home on Monday and was finally reunited with her friends and family.

“She was packed and ready to go. She has to go to therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech at Mercy Hospital in Joplin, and she’s going to have to do that for awhile,” Leah said. “They are waiting for her to plateau out, that’s where she just stops and that’s as good as she gets, but every time she’s doing that – she exceeds it.”

Anah’s friend Anna Wallace has been with her through her recovery, according to Leah.

“She is one of the world’s most amazing teenage girls. It takes a lot to be that type of best friend, she has stood by Anah though everything,” she said,

Leah said Anah now has to adapt to some of the issues she continues to deal with including short-term memory loss. Because her recovery is so remarkable her case is part of an ongoing research project and Anah’s progress will continue to be monitored.

“She keeps surprising us, so who knows,” Leah said.

While Anah was at the hospital she inspired other families and recovering patients and would ask to pray for them.

“Anah, even in her own condition, is helping others,” Leah said breaking into tears.

Her grandmother says Anah now needs a stationary exercise bike, a twin bed, travel expenses and a membership Bearskin Fitness to an aquatic facility to help with her continued therapy. (Those wanting to help can contact Leah at 918-541-8394)

Leah wanted to thank the community for their continued support.

“Our community needs to know how grateful we are to them. Anah also wants to meet the first response emergency workers who saved her. Without all of these people we would not have had any hope. Those prayers and posts mean a lot to us. We thank all of you, and continue to pray for Anah and believe in miracles, they happen,” Leah said. “Everyone needs to remember they told us Anah wouldn’t recover and look at her now. Only God can do that. Even her doctors say, ‘Only God can do that.’”