An 8-year-old special needs girl from Zephyrhills remained in guarded condition Saturday in a New York hospital after falling into the Erie Canal last week.
Selah Clanton, the adopted daughter of Yvonne and Jon T. Clanton, a pastor at Grace Church of Zephyrhills, plunged into the canal Wednesday after her father momentarily let go of the stroller in which she sat with her 8-year-old brother Sam.
Sam was not seriously injured after rescuers pulled him from the water, but Selah was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester and placed on life support.
"Selah was stable through the night," her mother wrote Saturday on her personal blog, myreallifebyyvonne.blogspot.com. "We need to see some improvement and SOON! The more time that goes by, the less chance of a full recovery. We are depending on the mercy of God."
Grace Church held a special prayer service for the girl Saturday evening. The pastor and his wife have five children including Selah, whom they recently adopted from Ukraine.