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BETHANY, Okla. — A 2-year-old metro girl is beating the odds. She survived being crushed by a dumpster in a freak accident last October. And her parents say it’s nothing short of a miracle that she’s alive.

October 20, 2011, Keely Webb and her 5-year-old sister, Aryn, were playing near a dumpster.

Aryn went to swing from the handle and somehow the dumpster came crashing down on top of her sister.

“It hit Keely on the forehead, knocked her back and landed on her legs. And I couldn’t move fast enough to get over there,” Keely’s father, Jacob Webb, said.

Her mother, Randi, performed CPR on her until paramedics arrived to transport her to the hospital.

“They told us you’ve got 48 hours and it’s not looking good because her brain was swelling to the point where it was pushing down into her spine,” Jacob said.

The blow broke the bone in Keely’s forehead in three different places and the fall fractured the back of her skull.

“They’re like, “Well there’s going to be severe brain damage.” That she would pretty much be a vegetable, that she wouldn’t be able to do anything,” her parents said.

But little Keely would not give up, every day improving more and more.

She underwent two surgeries and about a month and a half of rehabilitation at The Children’s Center in Bethany.

She was able to finally come home two days before Christmas.

She is walking, talking and doing everything she could before the accident.

The only evidence that something happened is the helmet she has to wear and some nerve damage to the right side of her face.

In the end, Keely has no brain damage.

“She has a lot of fight in her and she doens’t give up for anything. You tell her she can’t do something and she’s proving you wrong, every day,” Randi said.

Keely continues to defy the odds and surprise her doctors.

And her parents say the girl who was only given 48 hours to live is going to have a much bigger role in this life.

“We don’t know why this accident happened. We may never know. But He kept her with us. She’s here for a reason and we may not see it right now but you know, in time we’ll know,” Jacob said.

Keely’s parents said they want to thank so many people for their support over the past few months; the City of Oklahoma City Parks Department, Indian Meridian Elementary, local churches, friends, family and Keely’s doctors.

They’re scheduled to meet with the plastic surgeon this summer to repair Keely’s skull.