UPDATE 1/1/12@6 p.m.
MILTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A freak accident brought her life to a halt, but little Lydia Peyton refuses to stop moving forward.
Dozens of folks stopped into Lydia's welcome home party at the Milton Fire Department on New Year’s Day to meet the girl they've been praying for.
A tombstone fell on Lydia in November while the family was visiting a cemetery paying tribute to ancestors.
After multiple operations, doctors told her parents she'd have to stay in a body cast until April, but she's healed quicker than expected and the cast is already off.
She's now in a wheelchair and able to get around on her own.
"Coming from being in a ventilator with no life in her body, just lying there lifeless, not being able to tell what she's feeling, going from that to what she is today is amazing," her mother Brooke Vance said.
Stacy Lindsay from Cross Lanes had never met Lydia's family, but after the accident, she and thousands of others followed the 2-year-old's progress on Facebook. Many donated money to help pay the medical bills.
"I have a son close to her age,” Lindsay said. “It just kind of hit close to home. I felt like I've known her a long time."
Lindsay and others attended the party to wish her well and deliver gifts.
After some very dark moments following the accident, they family has reason to be optimistic going into the new year.
"She's going to pull through,” Lydia’s father Timothy Peyton said. “Our hopes and prayers are she's going to walk again."
Lydia's family created a Facebook page to keep people up to date with Lydia's condition.
Posted this week is this message:
LYDiAS WELCOME HOME PARTY WILL BE JANUARY 1ST 2012 @ 1pm @ MILTON VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, located off of route 60 in Milton beside the water company.
Any covered dishes would be appreciated but not a must. We do ask to please bring a canned food item that will be delivered to a local food pantry
UPDATE 12/14/11 @ 7:30 p.m.
MILTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A 2-year-old girl who was injured in a freak cemetery accident has returned home.
Family members of Lydia Peyton tell WSAZ.com the little girl returned home earlier this week, after spending more than a month in a Columbus hospital.
The toddler was injured when a tombstone at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Milton fell on top of her. Lydia suffered kidney and liver damage. She also had a spinal injury and had to be put in a full body cast.
Her family is planning a party to honor her homecoming. It is expected to be open to the public.
Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.
The Milton, W.Va., toddler was injured when a tombstone at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Milton fell on top of her during the weekend. She’s now at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus.
Lydia, who’ll be 2 in December, is suffering from kidney and liver damage. She also has a spinal injury. On Wednesday, she was given a blood transfusion and put in a full body cast.
Here’s an update provided by Lydia’s mom on Facebook:
“Lydia is in the O.R. right now. They took her back about 10:45 this morning. She was originally scheduled for surgery at 8:00am, but she is oozing out around her incision. They were unsure of what it was from but believe it is just abdominal fluid and wanted to proceed with the cast. Mommy picked out her favorite color (pink). She has been very agitated today with everything. Just please keep the prayers coming. "She needs, she needs prayers."
WSAZ.com spoke with a cousin of Lydia’s. Leah Knapp lives in Putnam County and has been in constant contact with Lydia’s family. She says the full body cast is a relief for Lydia’s mom.
“It gives her a chance to hold her child,” Knapp says. “She knows her mom’s there. Now maybe she can get the love and attention she needs.”
Lydia Peyton, who'll be 2 years old next month, was crushed when a family member's tombstone toppled. Her mother, Brooke Moore, says Lydia's brother stumbled. When he did, the tombstone came down and pinned Lydia underneath. It happened at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Milton.
Lydia's in Children's Hospital in Columbus with kidney, liver and spinal damage.
There is a Facebook page dedicated to Lydia and prayer requests for her recovery.
"Lydia's a fighter," Moore says. "I'm just so grateful for all the prayers. Keep them coming. Those prayers have been invaluable to our family."
To learn more about Lydia's condition and accident, you'll find a link to the Facebook page under the Featured Links here at WSAZ.com. The Featured Links are listed under the Find It tab on our homepage.
+ Ashland, KY
+ Athens, OH
+ Beckley, WV
+ Charleston, WV
+ Clarksburg, WV
+ Clay, WV
+ Gallipolis, OH
+ Huntington, WV
+ Ironton, OH
+ Logan, WV
+ Morgantown, WV
+ Paintsville, KY
+ Parkersburg, WV
+ Pikeville, KY
+ Pomeroy, OH
+ Ripley, WV
+ Spencer, WV
+ Sutton, WV
+ Wayne, WV
+ Wheeling, WV
+ Williamson, WV