Pine Belt supports resident who overcomes ATV accident

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - On May 30, Katlyn's mother received a call from one of her neighbors telling her that Katlyn had been in a bad accident.

"She said it's really bad Tasha," says mother of Katlyn Tasha Shoemake. "When I got there she was already in the ambulance and I found out then she was unconscious and not breathing, didn't have a heart rate."

Katlyn was airlifted by LifeFlight to Jackson after an ATV she had been riding that Wednesday morning flipped over. After exactly three difficult months in the hospital, Katlyn finally came home to Jones County on August 30.

"She's doing amazing and I just give all the praise to God and thank everybody for praying and all the support that they've given us," says Tasha.

Saturday, approximately four months after the accident, the Pine Belt community is still helping Katlyn, this time with a 5K run.

"It's been overwhelming how much support from the community we've had," says 5k Coordinator Kelvin Smith.

"We wanted to come out and support Katlyn, we were really proud to see her come across the finish line and know that she's really worked hard to heal up and the community was behind her," says 5k runner Sam Mchard. "One of ours was in a wheelchair for about a year, we were really blessed to have the Lords healing with him and we want the same for her."

Katlyn continues to get better and better every day and is still getting medical attention every day.

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