Teen returns to school after battling MRSA

After doctors told her she may never walk again or even live, an East Texas eighth grader defied the odds.

Cheyenne Knapp, 14, of Lone Oak in Hunt County battled MRSA for more than a year, and Wednesday was her first day back to class following 11 surgeries and months of recovery at Dallas Children's Medical Center.

"I'm so glad God blessed me with a chance to live," said Cheyenne.

In November 2012, a fall on the school playground caused an infection and created a blood clot.

Doctors told Cheyenne her organs were shutting down, diagnosing her with MRSA – bacteria that causes infections in different parts of the body.

After surgeries, including a hip replacement, Cheyenne began her recovery with encouragement from athletes like Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.

"He told me that I needed to keep going and that he was really proud," said Cheyenne.

She also got an assist from the Dallas Mavericks and friends and family that formed a social media campaign called Team Cheyenne.

With the finest doctors at Children's Medical Center in Dallas, the teen learned to walk again six weeks sooner than expected.

"Be strong," said Cheyenne. "I mean, ‘cause you never know what things in life you can accomplish. Live your life to the fullest you never know when it's going to end."

Cheyenne says she started a bucket list while in the hospital, which includes skydiving, but for now she'll focus on trying out for a school play.

Her mom says that after going through this experience with the teen, the issue of dealing with boys and driving will be nothing

"You teach as a parent, you teach…but she taught me something," said Cheyenne's mom, Candace. "She didn't give up."


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