Published: Apr 06, 2010 9:30 PM EDT

PHOENIX, Az. - The nine-year-old girl's leg was impaled on an iron fence as she was reaching for her ball.

The fire department is credited for their quick action; they cut away a section of the fence and the victim was transported to the hospital with the piece of fence still lodged in her leg.

Doctors were able to save the girl's leg and she's expected to make a full recovery, save for a scar.