TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)- After a tragic bike accident, a local 12-year-old has been recovering in a hospital and took some positive steps forward Sunday evening.
For the past 6 months, 12-year-old softball player Rylee Robinson has been recovering from a May 6th bike accident that left her with serious injuries.
Sunday evening, Rylee's "Storm" softball team gathered for banquet-- a night her teammates say they wished Rylee could have been apart of.
"I miss her so much, I miss her personality and her smile, and her laugh because she always made me feel so positive," says Rylee's softball teammate, Bailey Savoie.
Then, an unexpected visitor walked through the door.
It was Rylee. The crowd cheers as the spotlight shined across Rylee Robinson's face. Nearly 250 of her closest friends, family members and teammates surprised her with a standing ovation and greeted her with a hugs. Then, she tossed a softball.
"I burst into tears and I felt so happy at the same time," said Rylee's softball teammate, Mara Gilbertah.
"It felt good because I love my teammates. They feel like family to me because they are close. I am really good friends with all of them," says Rylee Robinson.
"I was so shocked and surprised! I was just so happy to finally see her again. I haven't seen her in forever," says Savoie.
"It's just...indescribable," says Rylee's softball teammate, Mikayla Smith.
Rylee's "Storm" softball coach, Art Sheltrown, says they are ready to see her back on the field, "dressed and ready to stand next to my girls her sisters are ready for her to come back," he says.
Rylee says she has missed her softball teammates tremendously and she can't wait until she can play on the team with them again.