ROSEBORO, North Carolina (WTVD) -- "Stronger than a knight," is how Jeannie Sue Jernigan's mom describes her 8-year-old daughter's strength.
On Tuesday, Jeannie Sue returned to Beaver Dam Elementary School to wish her friends a Merry Christmas. She and her mother, Susan, spoke exclusively to ABC11 on Tuesday about the night the first-grader was struck by a pickup as she got off the bus.
"I just got hurt, but I was calm, but I just got a little brave," Jeannie Sue laughed as told her class what happened.
Jeannie suffered a broken leg and bruised liver December 8 in the incident. She underwent an intense surgery.
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On Tuesday, she wheeled back into the classroom with gifts in tow with a huge smile.
Her mom told ABC11 that having Jeannie Sue alive is the best Christmas gift of all.
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"Christmas will be the most appreciative and grateful Christmas that we've ever had," Susan said. "I couldn't ask for a better present than this little girl sitting beside me. She's been my joy, she's given me strength. Just to see how strong she's been has helped make me stronger."
Jeannie Sue is walking with a walker, but won't be able to return to class until the New Year.