At 13 years old, Molly loved to compete in athletics and was a star on the community swim team. One day during a routine practice, Molly dove too deep and hit her head on the bottom of the pool. "The next thing I knew, I couldn't move," she says. "I had no idea what happened. I was laying at the bottom of the pool and my body was just numb."
At the hospital, Molly spent almost eight hours in surgery, literally fighting for her life. Doctors told Molly's parents their daughter had suffered a serious spinal cord injury and that she was paralyzed from her triceps down. Two days later, Molly's lung collapsed. She remained in intensive care for 18 days, and doctors told her parents that she had a one percent chance of walking or moving her hands.