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Teen celebrates prom after nearly dying from bullet to head years earlier

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

A Mid-Michigan teen who escaped death seven years ago celebrated one of the best nights of her life on Friday.

A sparkling slipper slid onto Jewel Lee's foot, but it was her beautiful smile and twinkle in her eyes that showed her gratitude.

Lee, a student at Arthur Hill in Saginaw, is thankful because the road leading up to her prom night wasn't always a fairy tale.

LaShawn Williams, Lee's mother, said she will never forget the day nearly seven years ago when her then 10-year-old daughter was shot in the head while playing outside. The bullet nearly penetrated her brain.

"OK Lord, if you take my baby I am still gonna go to church and serve you. If you don't, I am gonna go to church and serve you," Williams said.

Williams leaned on her faith as doctors warned her Lee might not make it and if she did her recovery would be long and painful.

"They say, 'well, I think she's gonna be up here, gun shot wound to the head, three months,'" Williams said.

Lee wasn't ordinary. She made a miraculous recovery in just a matter of hours. She was up and walking on the second day and on the third day doctors said she could go home.

"They come in to take the IVs off and she wants to scream cause they take the tape off and I said, 'girl you just handled a bullet,'" Williams said.

Years later Lee still deals with severe headaches. She takes medication to ease the pain, but the best medicine she said has been the people around her.

"I got a good group of friends. None of them look at me different cause of that. They love me the same as if it never happened," Lee said.

Those friends are now celebrating their prom night, doing what teenagers do.

"Dance, take pictures, take lots of pictures. Be with my friends, listen to music," Lee said.

Hearing her daughter laugh is music to the ears of a mom who once wondered if this day would ever come.

"I try to remind her every day that you are here for a reason. You're a walking miracle," Williams said.

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