By Robbie Owens

FLOWER MOUND (CBS 11 NEWS) – When last week’s ice storm turned North Texas streets into impromptu ice rinks, Lauren Barnard and her younger brother, Noah, grabbed the sled and got ready to play.

“Her little brother woke her up too early, of course,” says their Mom, Betty Jo Barnard.  But, soon the Highland Village siblings were bundled against the cold and–like so many of the kids on their cul de sac–sliding on the ice.

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“Brother went first, and no problem.  She went second, [and] just kept going and never stopped.”

Lauren, a 16-year-old Junior at Flower Mound’s Marcus High, had crashed some six feet into a nearby ravine.  Her injuries were severe—a broken nose, lacerations to her forehead, liver and pancreas.

“When you see your kid laying there like that, it’s not very easy,” says Barnard, “it’s not easy at all.”

The teens injuries were so severe, that she was soon ensconced in the Intensive Care Unit at Dallas’ Parkland Hospital.  Barnard says she couldn’t be happier with the car her daughter has received.  “She’s had the best doctors and the best care here,” and adding with a chuckle, “I’m going to miss those nurses over there (in ICU) , though! They were amazing.”

While Lauren’s parents kept a round-the-clock bedside vigil, friends got busy showing their support.

A Marcus High classmate set up a web page for friends to post messages and prayers.  The site has been visited several thousand times since Saturday.

“Oh, my gosh, it’s been so overwhelming,” says Barnard.  “We’ve probably read about 200 notes to her. And we tell her all the time, ‘Lauren, you have people praying for you from California to New York.’  It’s just amazing.”

And Barnard had this to say to all of the many contributors: “Just an overwhelming ‘thank you’ for everyone that has prayed because I think prayer is what has helped get her through this.”

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Lauren is still facing a long recovery.  But, her Mom says that every day she is taking “baby steps” to get better.  Today, she says, was a good day and her condition has since improved so she is no longer in ICU.  Still, there are other signs than the teen that her mom describes as “busy” and “sweet,” has spunk to spare.

While barely conscious in the Parkland ICU, the lifelong Dallas Cowboys fan had a special request before Monday night’s game.

“She wanted her Ware jersey and Cowboy headband,” says Barnard, “the jersey to be laid on top of her in ICU and her headband to be laid next to her head, because she couldn’t wear it.  She had to have it no matter what.”

So although it was Mom’s turn to stay by Lauren’s bedside, her Dad would have none of it.  He insisted on continuing the family tradition:  although this time, he was watching his favorite team play in a  hospital room while his injured daughter dozed.

Some friends went online to tease that the Cowboys’ bad showing could be blamed on Lauren’s absence!  But, no worries.  She intends to be back.

“Oh, absolutely, absolutely.  And that’s what I tell her: ‘On good days, on bad days, girls you got to fight.’”

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