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Woman never forgot caregiver who inspired her recovery after serious car crash

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Kasie Horton never forgot the man who helped her through an all time low point in her life. Kasie Horton never forgot the man who helped her through an all time low point in her life.
Kasie Horton was about to turn 13 when she was involved in a serious car crash that killed her father and seriously injured her. Kasie Horton was about to turn 13 when she was involved in a serious car crash that killed her father and seriously injured her.
Kasie Horton says a caregiver she knew only as "Deshaun" helped her through her 2-week stay at Kosair Hospital after she was involved in a serious car crash. Kasie Horton says a caregiver she knew only as "Deshaun" helped her through her 2-week stay at Kosair Hospital after she was involved in a serious car crash.
Deshaun Grant, an employee of Kosair Children's Hospital, waits to meet a patient who has wanted to thank him for six years for helping her recover. Deshaun Grant, an employee of Kosair Children's Hospital, waits to meet a patient who has wanted to thank him for six years for helping her recover.
Deshaun and Kasey share an embrace at Kosair Children's Hospital six years after Deshaun helped Kasie through an all time low point in her life. Deshaun and Kasey share an embrace at Kosair Children's Hospital six years after Deshaun helped Kasie through an all time low point in her life.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Nearly six years after a life-changing car wreck that left her loved ones dead - a young lady is thriving. WDRB's Rachel Collier shows us how the power of a positive smile brought her to where she is - and her quest to find the person who helped her turn things around.

When you meet 18-year-old Kasie Horton, you'll notice her dimpled smile and strawberry blonde hair.

And by the pictures plastered on her dorm room walls, there's no way you can miss her passion for cheer leading.

"I've been a cheerleader since I learned how to walk," Kasie said.

One thing you may not notice is the scar across her forehead.

"I've only had bangs once since the car accident and it was a mistake," Kasie said.

"I do kind of wear this as my battle scar," Kasie said. "My boyfriend actually calls it my beauty mark."

It's a "beauty" mark from a very ugly wreck.

It happened when Kasie was on her way to cheer tryouts nearly six years ago -- the day before her 13th birthday.

Kasie says a truck crashed into the car she and her dad were in.

"It was crazy, it was just a freak accident," Kasie said. "It rolled the top of the car back like sardines."

Her father was killed instantly.

"I was actually scalped, basically," Kasie said.

She had a broken back, neck and ribs -- and stayed two weeks at Kosair Children's Hospital.

"I was hopeless," Kasie said. "I didn't know how I could come back from something like that."

She's now a freshman, cheering at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Kentucky.

Recently, she came across pictures from her stay in the hospital.

"Those were the only two pictures I took in the hospital and I seen them and it brought back a flood of memories."

Memories of a man she only knows as Deshaun.

"Every time I would leave the room is when he would come and get me," Kasie recalled.

She says Deshaun's humor lifted her up.

"He literally lit up the room as soon as he came in because he was all smiles, he was a very happy and outgoing person," Kasie said. "He made such an impact on my life that six years later, I'm still talking about it."

Kasie says she was at her "all time low and he was able to bring me up from that. I just feel like I owe him a thank you at least."

She wanted to thank him in person, but didn't know where to start.

It took one phone call to Kosair Children's Hospital, and staff members knew the smile-making man named Deshaun we were looking for.

Deshaun Grant is the man doctors often call on to get kids to open up. Many times, he comes in on his days off.

"The best medication you can have for kids is to have someone there to try to put a smile on their face," Deshaun said.

Deshaun has been at Kosair 14 years, and is still transporting patients around the hospital.

"There's not too many people that can say that they have a job that they'd do without getting paid," Deshaun said.

When we first contacted Deshaun we told a small fib - that we wanted to talk to him about his career.

Then we showed Deshaun the pictures of him and Kasie, and he remembered her instantly.

"Oh yes! Oh my God, yes!" he said when he recognized her.

He remembered -- and Kasie finally got to tell how she feels.

"Thank you so much!" she said in tears. "Oh my gosh, it's so nice to see you."

"She made me laugh all the time," Deshaun said. "She's my buddy right here. You made me laugh all the time."

It was a surprise meeting for them both, a meeting where memories came rushing back.

They took turns telling stories, and laughing.

"I was very picky about who took care of me," Kasie said.

"Like I say, she's one of the sweetest but she can change like the weather," Deshaun said.

Perhaps the biggest connection Deshaun has with Kasie and his other patients is the fact that he has been in their shoes.

Deshaun was 18 years old and playing basketball at the University of Iowa when a horrible accident during a game changed his life.

"I was actually told it's a possibility that I'm not going to walk again," Deshaun recalled. "My left side was gone, I was paralyzed."

Deshaun says it was a dark time in his life.

"It's kind of hard when you're a grown man and you have to get your pampers changed," Deshaun said. "Everything was going so well, you had all these schools calling you. Everything's gone. One second. It's really hard. It changed my outlook on life totally."

Now Deshaun uses his outlook and his story to inspire kids like Kasie.

Because no matter what they're facing, their life isn't over.

People come and go in our lives, but only a few leave a lasting impact.

Deshuan and Kasie exchanged information this time, so they can keep in touch.

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