When we become parents, we instantly begin to be concerned about a whole other set of possible risks.

Having children is a blessing no matter what age you do it at, but it also opens your heart to some of the deepest, most agonizing pain you can ever fathom.

To put it another way, as mothers, our worst fear is that something terrible will happen to one of our children. Even seeming little events, such as your son falling on a gravel path or your daughter running into the edge of a table, can cause us, as parents, a good deal of emotional distress.

If given a chance, many of us would likely want to live in a world where our children could live their whole lives wrapped in bubble wrap. Due to the unlikeliness and futility of it, though, we are forced to accept the unfortunate truth that our children may, on occasion, be put in dangerous situations.

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The parents of Lily Kryzhanivskyy, who is now nine, recently went through something that, fortunately, very few of us will ever have to go through.

It was said that the young girl was camping with her family in Stevens County, Washington, one day in May when she came into contact with a wild animal that could kill her.

It was reported that young Lily and several friends had been hiding and searching in the woods close to the campground. When she hopped out of the car to “surprise her friends,” she found herself staring down a mountain lion instead.

Lily was clawed on the body and face by the cat before the creature tried to lure her off into the bushes, as reported by KCPQ.

Okasna Mantsevich, the girl’s aunt, recalled how her niece prayed earnestly to God while the attack was going on.

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“She still had that faith,” Okasna said. “She still had that hope, like, ‘I’m going to pray to God,’ and she knew that he was going to save her.”

Luckily, several of Lily’s friends were there when the mountain lion mauled her. They attempted to scare the cat away by hurling rocks at it, and several did so. Others ran to get help.

Based on the reports, adults who had been nearby come to the lion’s rescue and killed it at the location of the incident. Lily was taken by air to the hospital, where she stayed for many hours in surgery. On June 3, she was discharged from the hospital and was ready to return home.

“We are extremely thankful for this little girl’s resiliency, and we’re impressed with her spunk in the face of this unfortunate encounter,” Captain Mike Sprecher, with the WDFW Police, said, as per Fox News.

“It happened fast, and we are thankful that the adults at the camp responded so quickly.”

Alex Mantsevich, Lily’s uncle, launched a GoFundMe campaign to assist the girl in her recovery. Currently, the page has amassed a total of $100,000.

“Yesterday, June 3, Lily was discharged from the hospital; she came home to her family,” Alex wrote in an update.

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“She was opening all her presents and sharing some stories about the accident, although her fingers were wrapped up. She played piano.”

We are thankful that Lily could get through this attack without getting hurt enough to change her life forever.

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