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Mae Beth Ruehling was 19 when a drunk driver slammed into her car in Coalmont, Tennessee, sending her into a lamppost that crashed onto her, breaking her spine.
She was choking on glass, trying to call for help but no noise came out.
Doctors said she would never walk again.
Now, a year-and-a-half on, Mae Beth has managed to push past those bleak expectations to regain function of her right leg, and she is sharing her story to inspire others not to lose hope when they feel like they've hit rock bottom.
Mae - Beth - Christmas - Arts - Crafts
Mae Beth had been driving to do Christmas arts and crafts at a nursing home on December 4, 2017, when the drunk driver hit her head on.
'I remember everything,' Mae Beth said.
Drunk - Driver - Cross - Lane
'I remember seeing the drunk driver cross into my lane. After seeing him, I tensed up because I knew that once he hit me it was going to hurt.
'From being hit head on, I passed out and woke up to my car spinning. I was trying to look for my phone while my car was spinning so someone could tell me how I could stop my car from spinning.'
But the spinning didn't stop.
'Knowing I had no hope, and no one could help me, my car hit a lamppost. The lamppost caved in on the driver's side, which is what broke my spine.'
Shards - Glass - Mouth - Anyone
She passed out, for how long it's not clear. When she woke up she tried to scream through the shards of glass in her mouth. She couldn't see or hear anyone.
Finally, a police officer turned up. He said he'd be right back - he was going 'to catch the guy'.
Remember - Crying
'I remember crying, telling him not to leave me because I was so scared.
'After lying on the ground for what seemed forever, I...
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