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Miracle on Rabbit Ridge

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Getting into a car accident can be one of the scariest experiences that you will ever go through in your lifetime. Wrecks come out of nowhere and catch you by surprise. Some are tragic, some are just fender-benders, and some are miracles from God.

Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that I would fall victim to a car crash. As a careful driver, I never imagined it. However, on Wednesday February 1st, I proved myself wrong. I was on the way to school and I had my friend Kaitlin Hargis in the car. I took a turn, and before I knew it, I was swerving all over the place. The next thing I remember was feeling a crash, and then being upside down; tangled in my seatbelt, unable to get free. Smoke filled the small area in the car that Kaitlin and I were stuck in. I had never been so terrified in all my life. My shoulder was hurting tremendously and I thought I must have hit it on something. All I could think about was getting out. “I don’t know exactly where I found my phone, or how exactly I found it, but I did and called 911” Kaitlin Hargis said. Listening to her screaming and crying on the phone with the operator only scared me more. I knew we had to get out.

Sometimes, in situations of fear and despair, people find great strength. Strength that they never knew that they had until that situation, because being weak is not an option. I will never know how I did it, but somehow I managed to untangle myself from my seatbelt and pull myself through a tiny opening where my window had broken through.  The first thing I saw when I got out was a man running towards me. He immediately pulled Kaitlin out from the same small hole.  She needed help to get out because her legs had been hurt.

The next ten minutes were a stressful, surreal blur. Once I was out, all I could think about was my family and Kaitlin. Watching her lay crying a few feet away from my upside down car was more than I could handle. People were running around me asking me question after question, when all I could do was cry. The ambulance finally arrived and put us on stretchers and into the back. Once they lifted me up and put me on the stretcher I had never felt such pain in all my life. The agonizing car ride to Baylor of Dallas Medical Center was extremely painful. When we finally reached our destination, and my dad was waiting for me outside of the ambulance, I cried from relief.

Five hours, several tests, and numerous shots later, I was released from the hospital with a broken collarbone. Kaitlin had swelling on her left knee and severe bruises on her hip. We are so blessed to be alive, despite my totaled car. “I’m so glad we are okay. It could have been so much worse. I have never been so scared in my life, I’m so glad I wasn’t alone, I couldn’t have done it alone.” Kaitlin said about the wreck. God was really watching over us that morning, it was truly a miracle.

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Miracle on Rabbit Ridge