LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3.com) --
Aleasha Billing,16, was walking to a local park when a driver hit her in the street.
She was never the same after the accident, and endured two years of pain from resulting surgeries.
Last Friday, Aleasha died. Now her family is hoping her story can help save lives.
Billing was hit by a car while crossing Lone Mountain Road near El Capitan in northwest Las Vegas. The accident happened the night after Thanksgiving in 2011.
Carrie Billing says her daughter thought she had enough time to cross the street.
Police don’t believe the driver was speeding or impaired.
Aleasha was taken to University Medical Center with a severe head injury.
"They (doctors) were telling us, that it was a very grim situation. They didn’t forsee her coming through the first 24 hours," said her mom Carrie Billing. "We were told she wouldn’t make it and she just proved everyone wrong."
After 77 days in the hospital Aleasha was moved to a rehabilitation facility, and last year her family brought her home.
Coming home was difficult -- because life would never be the same for Aleasha.
Aleasha had to re-learn how to use her arms and legs, and also her voice.
Eventually, Aleasha started making progress.
Alesha’s two-year fight came to an end last week. Her skull was resting on her brain, and the surgery led to complications.
She had multiple bleeds that couldn't be stopped, and that made further surgeries unfeasible. She never came home.
In her grief, Carrie Billing hopes parents don't just warn their children to look both ways. She hopes they tell them something just as important:
"For everyone, no matter how upset you are, tell your children you love them. Never take the children for granted," said Carrie Billing. "Always take the opportunity to give them a hug and tell them you love them because you never know."