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Tragic accident makes injured student optimistic about future

A young high school student in Merril was recently voted homecoming queen 16 months after experiencing a traumatic car accident that left her with a claimed the lives the two friends that were in the car with her.

The road back hasn't been easy. The brave girl spent 17 days in a coma in a hospital located miles from home before regaining consciousness, and has had to relearn things like speech and motor skills. In fact, she is still going to physical, occupational, recreational and speech therapy four days a week.

Before the high school student was in the accident, she was considering her options for a career in health, and even thought about becoming a heart surgeon. Now she plans on obtaining a degree from Michigan State University and hopes to council other people about the dangers of reckless driving.

Her path to rehabilitation reached a high note when she was voted homecoming queen by her schoolmates. When she accepted the honor, she wore a purple dress, the favorite color of one of her friends that died in the car crash.

Her mother describes her as a positive person and says that even though it would be easy to get discouraged, she doesn't complain. Doctors told her that due to the brain injury she incurred in the accident, she would struggle to earn C and even D grades in school. While it's true that she's experienced her share of academic struggles, she has not received any grade lower than an A.

The young girl's mother credits the community and the girl's positive attitude for the amazing progress and recovery that she's made.

Source: The Saginaw News "Girl, lone survivor of fatal crash, named homecoming queen at Merrill High School," Maria Amante, Oct, 13, 2011

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