13-year-old girl donates $5,000 to paramedic program

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A 13-year-old Washington girl presented a big gift to area paramedics Tuesday to show her appreciation to those who saved her.

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When Lily James was 7, she survived a boating accident that nearly severed her right foot.

Paramedics and a nearby doctor rushed her to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington where her foot was successfully re-attached.

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James was recently presented with a national courage award in Boston, where she was also awarded $5,000. She donated all the money to the Medic One Paramedic Training Program.

“If it wasn’t for all of the paramedics and the Medic One Foundation and Dr. Vedder, I maybe wouldn’t have even been here. So I just decided that giving back would make me feel a lot better,” said James.

The money will fund pediatric training for future paramedics.

James wears a compression sock at times, but is doing great.

She is the leading scorer on her lacrosse team and enjoys swimming.