My altering life story & how I survived
I am a 22 year old women. December 7, 2017 will always be a day to remember. I was on my way to school when a man hit me going 60 mph in the wrong direction. He hit my driver side head on. When he hit me, the steering wheel broke off in my stomach and moved my intestines up to my chest cavity. My left lung was punctured and my diaphragm and intestines were ruptured. I had to have three emergency surgeries to fix my stomach, diaphragm, lungs, and legs. My legs were stuck under the hood of the car and tires and were instantly broken. I also suffered third degree burns all over my face from the battery acid. My eyes are completely damaged from the acid. I lost complete peripheral vision and my cornea is ninety percent damage. I tried my best to stay alive at the scene, but eventually I lost consciousness. The paramedics had to use the jaws of life to get me out the car. They called the trauma unit ahead of time and rushed me to Kennestone Hospital. My chances of survival were small. The doctors did not think I would make it even after the emergency surgeries. I had lost so much blood that I eventually had a stroke. I now have metal rods and plates in both legs. I was rushed to the ER on Christmas day and twice in one day on New years from complications. This was a very hard time for me. Let’s just say I know what a miracle looks like! I made it through all odds counted against me. I would not have made it without my faith in God and the love and support from my family and friends. I had to learn how to do everything on my own again. Walking was definitely my biggest challenge. The man who hit me was charged with reckless driving with a suspended license and only spent three days in jail. He did not have insurance, so most of my medical bills have now been sent into collections. I owe over $500,000 in medical bills and have not been able to get proper treatment from the case. With all that being said I am just thankful for being able to have a second chance at life. When your life flashes before your eyes you have a glimpse of everything that you love and realize the little things you may take for granted.