Weeks after wheelchair stolen, Kaylee recovering after surgery in Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) -- Kaylee Fisher's wheelchair was stolen on July 12, and on the same day she was hit by a car.

She traveled to Nashville with her mother, Samantha Gibson, on Sunday for a surgery that took place on Monday to remove tumors from her ribs and legs that ruptured when she was hit by a car.

"I am okay with it if it helps," nine-year-old Kaylee said.

Tumors grow throughout her body due to her conditions, Osteochondromatosis and Chondrosarcoma.

After thieves stole her wheelchair last month, the community rallied around Kaylee and offered help and even replacement wheelchairs. Gibson waited on the insurance company to see if they would cover the replacement chair, but unfortunately they will not.

This means Gibson must cover the $2,400 cost.

"I know whatever she goes through this is only going to make her stronger, and right now, she is Wonder Woman," Gibson told CBS affiliate WTVF.

Kaylee said she tries to live a normal life, but the disease makes it challenging.

"You think a girl in a wheelchair would have very many friends, but I am bullied all the time at my school so I don't really have any friends," she said. "Stay strong. That's what people tell me."

If you want to send Kaylee some words of encouragement, you can do so here:

Kaylee Fisher
1006 Smoky Crossing Way
Seymour, TN 37865