SPOKANE, Wash. -

In 2008, three-year-old Kyra Wine became the victim of the worst case of child abuse in Benewah County history, her injuries so severe doctor's amputated her feet. Now, five years later, she's an active, happy eight-year-old girl.

The abuse Kyra and her sister Amanda endured is heartbreaking and unimaginable but now they are thriving.

"Every birthday, yeah, every birthday is special," Kyra's grandma, Deanna Wine said.

For her eighth birthday, Kyra didn't ask for anything special.

"I just let them get whatever they want," Kyra said.

Making the gifts on her grandma's kitchen table an even bigger surprise; a birthday is always a big deal when you're a kid, but when you're Kyra, each candle carries more than a wish. They're a symbol of survival, a light of hope.

"When this all happened with Kyra the doctors said that basically she had hours," Deanna said. "If she hadn't been taken to the hospital she had just hours to live."

On June 17, 2008 Benewah County Sheriff's deputies responded to a home for a welfare check on Kyra, then three-years-old, and her six-year-old sister Amanda. They couldn't have found them any sooner.

For three weeks the girls endured horrific child abuse at the hands of their mom, Christina Haynes and her boyfriend, Charles Smith.

Kyra was rushed to the local hospital and then airlifted to Spokane.

"I knew that she recognized me because we have a special thing that we always do, I just kind of go smooch and she actually recognized me and went smooch back," Deanna said.

Deanna is head of the ambulance service in St. Maries, an EMT for decades. She's seen it all. And then she saw her granddaughter's injuries.

"I have no words, what it was like, no words," she said.

Dehydrated, malnourished,  fading in and out of consciousness, doctors frantically worked to save Kyra's life.

"It was either save her kidney or save her life and they opted for her to have an 8th birthday," Deanna said.

With one of her kidneys removed the focus shifted to her feet, which suffered the most trauma.

"When I saw her feet I knew what was going to happen," Deanna said.

At just three-years-old Kyra suddenly became a double amputee.

Kyra and her sister Amanda have yet to reveal all the details of the abuse.

"I know some things, but some things we'll probably never know," Deanna said.

A year after Kyra and Amanda were rescued, their mom, Christina Haynes pleaded guilty to the abuse and was sentenced to five years in prison. She could be eligible for parole next year.

Haynes' boyfriend, Charles Smith, who she met online, pleaded guilty too. He is now serving 10 years in prison, the maximum time allowed for felony child abuse in Idaho.

Deanna Wine thinks 10 years isn't nearly enough time for Smith to spend in prison, but even so there's no time to dwell. Instead Deanna and her husband focus on Kyra's recovery.

Kyra spent exactly three months in the hospital. Don Christenson, Kyra's prosthetist with the Hanger Clinic, was there too.

"I couldn't talk to her, she couldn't look at me. I could see her amputations, they unwrapped and showed what she had. But she wanted no part of me or anybody else, any other men," he explained.