Only on 12: Desire Northington talks about her recovery

By: Jonathan Martin
By: Jonathan Martin

November 16, 2006

Nearly three weeks after being thrown from a ride at Augusta's fair, 13-year-old Desire Northington is back home tonight.

In a story you'll see only on 12, the teenager talks about the accident that nearly took her life.

Seeing Desire now, you would never know just a week ago she was in serious condition.

Since the accident, we've heard from her family, investigators, and friends.

But now Desire is talking...and she's only talking to us.

It's nearly impossible to look past the smile on Desire Northington's face.

Three weeks after taking the ride of her life, she's back at home.

"I'm looking forward to going back to school, being with my friends--and looking forward to telling everybody thank you for their prayers, because they worked," Desire said.

It is still unclear how the 13-year-old slipped from under the lap bar of the Orbiter ride and was thrown 60 feet.

The hard fall severely bruised her brain and left her clinging to life.

Talking for the first time about the accident, Desire told us what she remembers.

"Asking my grandma can I go to the fair, that's all I remember. I don't remember nothing else."

Desire says that physically, she feels good, but her grandmother, Beverly Biddings, tells us her road to recovery is not over. She'll work with a therapist until her memory improves.

"She'll say something and repeat it again, and she'll catch herself and say, 'I just said that, Grandma.'"

But something Desire says she will never forget are the prayers, which she credits for her comeback.

"Nothing's hurting," she said. "I feel great, back to normal."

A ride, a fall, and a recovery this teen and her family call a miracle.

"I'm so grateful to God for giving me my grandbaby," Biddings said. "I'm so grateful to everybody that prayed for her. I love you. I thank you with all my heart."

Desire will be homeschooled for awhile. She says the thing she will miss most is cheerleading.

But this girl really has a great sense of humor, and it's just good to see her back home.

Desire's family isn't talking about the accident with her. The investigation into the ride is still ongoing, and right now Desire doesn't remember what happened.

But they say at some point she may remember, and they don't want her memory to be clouded.


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