'You're Already a Hero': Trump Tells Story of Sophia, 9-Year-Old Girl With Rare Disease
President Trump told the inspiring story of Sophia Marie Campa-Peters, a nine-year-old girl from Texas who suffers from a rare disease that causes her to have strokes.
At the National Prayer Breakfast Thursday morning, Trump recalled what Sophia told doctors when they said she may never walk again.
"She replied, 'If you're only going to talk about what I can't do, then I don't want to hear it. Just let me try to walk,'" he said.
"She tried and she succeeded!" Trump told the audience, adding that one of her doctors remarked that "this little girl has God on her side."
Campa-Peters, who was left partially paralyzed by the strokes, and her family were seated in the front row for the speech. Trump said Sophia underwent a high-risk surgery on Jan. 24 and asked people around the world to pray for her, hoping to reach 10,000 people.
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The White House and members of Congress joined the effort.
"She far surpassed her goal. Millions and millions of people lifted Sophia up in their prayers. Today we thank God that Sophia is with us and she's recovering and she's walking very well," he said.
"You may only be nine years old but you're already a hero to all of us in this room and all over the world."
Watch the clip above and see more on Sophia's story, here.