Parents praying for a full recovery after daughter hit by truck

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- An Independence couple is praying for a full recovery after their 6-year-old daughter was tragically hit by a truck while riding her bike Friday evening. But while they are stricken with grief, they are doing what they can to have faith and stay strong as they face the long road ahead.

The Savage family said they don't know how long their baby girl will be in the hospital. They just hope their once active little girl makes a full recovery.

Lillie's dad, Justin, said last Friday she was with family while he and his wife were having a date night at the Royals game, but their date night was cut short by a parent's worst nightmare.

"Soon as we pulled into the parking lot we got the phone call," he said.

Their youngest of four was riding her bike when she was hit by a truck. They immediately left for the hospital.

"It was hard. Just the worry and then her being transported from one hospital to the next, it just felt like an eternity," Lillie's mom Stacy said. "The social worker and the Chaplain come out, and immediately you assume the worst, because you see in movies that when you see those two people come it's always not a good ending."

The Savages said Lillie is very active and outdoorsy.

"She's just full of life," Justin said.

"Very bubbly, likes dresses, high heels, likes to sing," Stacy said.

lillie6Justin said family members were watching her, but there's a hill where she was riding. She just lost control. Justin said she had just learned to ride without training wheels a month and a half ago.

"I'm sure she was excited, and just wanted to show off, because that's who she is, and she likes to be the center of attention," Justin explained. "Accidents happen, you know."

He said the driver of the vehicle did swerve in an attempt to miss Lillie, but it wasn't enough.

"There's a lot to be thankful for, because she is in a lot better condition than she could be," Justin said.

Lillie is on a ventilator, has a couple fractured ribs, and lacerations on the side of her head. Doctors said she might have brain damage, but they don't know what the circumstances will be until she wakes up. But she is expected to survive.

"We're going to be there with her every step of the way," Justin said.

Police said the driver was not impaired and will not be charged. The Savages said no one is to blame, and all they're focusing on right now is their baby girl.

"She looks beautiful," Justin said as he looked down at his baby girl.

The parents said they have a long road ahead of them, but they will take it one day at a time.

Friends of the Savage family hold a sign reading "[Love} for Lillie

Friends of the Savage family hold a sign reading  "[Love] for Lillie."

They are praying for a healthy recovery, and said the support from their work, friends, family, and the community has been amazing. They said that support is really helping them get through this.

In the meantime, a GoFundMe page has been set up for anyone who like to help the family at this time.