Quadriplegic artist auctions work, gives profits to hospital
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - One South Georgia teen is giving back to the hospital she says gave her new life and a new talent.
With each brush stroke, Hannah Croker works toward a masterpiece.
Amazingly, the 17-year-old paints each stroke with her mouth.
"It helps me cope and get over things and change my outlook on things," said Croker.
When she was 14, she almost died in a car crash. It left her paralyzed.
"When I first got here I was very upset and mad at everything," explained Croker. "I didn't think I could do anything really."
But with the help of her nurses she's living a new life and bringing hope to others through art.
"I figured out I could do stuff, I just had to do it in different ways," said Croker.
Many Fagiano is the Phoebe Child Life Specialist. She first came up with the idea of teaching Croker to paint.
"You could see the excitement come back into her smile," said Fagiano, with a big smile of her own. "She was excited to paint. She found something she could do. She found something she was good at."
Strangers realized her potential too. Tammy Sue McGough started following Hannah on social media.
"I cannot see myself overcoming the obstacles that she has overcome," said McGough.
For her 17th birthday, Hannah auctioned off a painting through Facebook posts.
"I said there is not enough money in the world to outbid me for this picture," said McGough when she saw the post.
Mcgough won the bidding war at $121.000.
On Thursday Hannah presented her painting to Mcgough. She also gave the money and all of her birthday presents to Phoebe for patients to enjoy.
"I wanted to help everyone else," explained Hannah.
She's out of the hospital now, but her work will remain in the halls for years to come.
Her very first painting is hung in the hallway of the children's unit on the second floor of the hospital.
Hannah says she will continue to paint and auction her artwork.
She said her dream is to meet Ellen Degeneres.
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