While it was obviously a life-altering event, Alissa wasn't about to let that stop her from doing what she loves to do - dancing. "I just didn't want to give up," she told PEOPLE. "Dancing has been my favorite thing since I was 4. I don't have part of my leg, but I can't let that stop me. I still want to dance."
So, that's exactly what she's doing...
In this powerful video from Alissa's first dance competition since the accident, she performs a routine to Colbie Caillat's "Try." The fact that she's able to dance so well with the prosthesis after only having it for a few months is absolutely astounding, but she really blows our minds when, in the middle of the routine, she removes the leg and continues to dance.
"It just seemed like it would it would be really nice to show me without my leg," she told KSL-TV. You are absolutely right, Alissa, not only is it 'nice,' it's incredibly inspiring.
"Nothing will keep that little girl down," one of her dance teachers told the station. "She is a light to everybody. I get so emotional when I look at her and consider the battle that was hers in the past nine months, going from no leg to a prosthesis to dancing in a matter of months."