Pres. Trump Tells 9-Year-Old West Texas Girl ‘You’re a Hero to All of Us’ [Watch]
During his speech at the National Prayer Breakfast Thursday morning (Feb. 8), President Donald Trump talked about Brownfield, Texas girl Sophia Campa-Peters, who is recovering after major brain surgery.
Sophia and her family were in attendance at the event and were recognized by President Trump during his speech.
Pres. Trump recounted Sophia's story, which began after suffering a major stroke at the age of 6. She was later diagnosed with a rare disease that causes the blood vessels in her head to close. This causes paralysis and memory loss, which she continues to battle.
Here's a transcript of Pres. Trump's remarks about Sophia:
Here with us today is another symbol of hope, a very brave 9-year-old girl named Sophia Marie Campa-Peters. Sophia suffers from a rare disease that has caused her to have many strokes. At one point the doctors told Sophia that she would not be able to walk. Sophia replied, 'If you're only going to talk about what I can't do, then I don't want to hear it. Just let me try to walk.' She tried and she succeeded. And one of her doctors even told her mom, and they're right here in the front row where they should be, 'This little girl has God on her side.'
Just two weeks ago Sophia needed to have a very high-risk surgery. She decided to ask the whole world to pray for her, and she hoped to reach 10,000 people. On January 24th, as Sophia went into surgery, she far surpassed her goal. Millions and millions of people lifted Sophia up in their prayers. Today we thank God that Sophia is with us, and she's recovering and she's walking very well. And I have to say this Sophia, you may only be 9 years old, but you are already a hero to all of us in this room and all over the world. Thank you, Sophia.
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