Mercer Island girl donates $5,000 to medics after surviving accident

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

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 where her foot was successfully re-attached.

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Lily was recently presented with a national courage award in Boston and $5,000.  She took all the money and donated it 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 Lily.

The money will fund pediatric training for future paramedics.

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

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