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5-year-old New Berlin girl off life support after February car wreck

Posted at 6:30 PM, Mar 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-16 15:07:32-04

A five-year-old girl involved in a car accident last month has been removed from life support and is showing signs of recovery as the family leans on faith.

Last month, Avalina Mantey and her mother were involved in a terrible accident in New Berlin. Both were admitted into the hospital, but Avalina remained on life support for some time after.

Dan Bunzel, Mantey's uncle, said their family is keeping faith.

"Every day is a blessing, she's making progress, yup, baby steps. We're praying for the best," he said.

Mantey's brain was severely damaged from the crash.

"All our lives changed, you just don't know what the next day is going to bring," Bunzel said.

Instead of staying down, they've been praying for her everyday at 3 p.m., asking anyone else to join them. Mantey is now progressing off life support.

"You can see her pretty face, there's no wires, there's no tubes now, and she's breathing on her own, she needs a little bit of oxygen help, very seldom," he said.

She even opened one of her eyes. She's also able to leave her hospital room. Her mother Kristine does her hair.

"For her to be with us is just a total blessing, it's a total godsend," Bunzel said.

But the prayers aren't stopping, and ribbons of her favorite colors will still be worn every day.

"Our faith, we believe that we have to keep going," he said.

He said they'll continue until she's fully recovered.

"She's got a long road ahead of her," Bunzel says.

If you would like to join in on the prayers, the family asks that you continue to join them everyday at 3 p.m. We'll continue to keep you updated on her recovery.

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