Paragould girl impaled by deer antler shares her experience

Paragould girl impaled by deer antler shares her experience
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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - On October 8th, a Region 8 teen was impaled by deer antlers. After a month and a half of recovery, she is getting back to her normal life. Shortly after the accident Region 8 News spoke with her mother, but now the girl shares her experience after the accident.

Paragould High School senior Tori Henry said she had never been in an accident before.

"You look in that mirror and see your teeth aren't where they used to be. Your face is bleeding really bad, and you realize this isn't a time where I can just call mom," Henry said.

She was driving down Johnson Avenue in Jonesboro around 4 pm. "A deer came from opposing traffic and went through my driver's side window, and its antlers went into my jaw," Henry said.

She was airlifted to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital where she had two surgeries and metal plates put into her jaw.

"At first, you know, I was really scared because I wouldn't see Tori anymore," Henry said.

A small scar on the left of her chin is all that remains, and Henry said she is thankful.

"I would not take this accident back," Henry said. "It opens your eyes so much to the reality of life isn't a guarantee."

Henry and her mother believe it was perspective that helped her recover so quickly.

"I only allowed progress," Henry said. "Nothing else was allowed. Recovery was all that I was going to do."

Tori Henry's mother, Nikki Winn, said now they are just trying to get back to their normal lives.

"We are just trying to be normal again," Winn said. "If we can inspire people along the way and make a difference in someone's life then that's great."

While Henry doesn't consider herself an inspiration to others, she hopes she can help others by sharing her experience.

"Me just talking to them and then hearing my story and seeing how quickly I recovered, if that could just make them feel better about themselves then it would be a dream come true to me," Henry said.

So what has she learned from all of this?

"Don't harbor hate for anyone because small little things like this can just take them away so quickly," Henry said.

Tori Henry said her future plans are to graduate from Paragould High School in May and begin her freshman year of college at Arkansas State University in the fall. She said the accident has made her consider pursuing a career in the medical field.

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