KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- The Smith family spent countless hours on Wednesday to put together a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for over 100 people at UT Medical Center.
This is the second year the family has cooked dinner for the staff and families at the hospital. They do it because their daughter Sequoyah spent 77 days at UT Medical Center after a car accident. She lost 70% of her blood and her heart stopped three times while in the hospital.
The Smith family says it was a difficult time and the staff helped them through it all. That is the reason they go back on Thanksgiving to visit and thank the staff.
Not only do they go back to the hospital; they cook dinner and bring it along. The Smith's understand how is it to have a family member in the hospital so they cook dinner for the staff and families that have loved ones in the critical care unit.
It's a way for the Smith's to tell Sequoyah's story and show them that there is hope even in the darkest of days.
About 10 families joined the Smith's for dinner while Sequoyah and her friends helped to serve.