They say cats have nine lives. But as humans, we have one life to live, and so we should try to make it a good one.
When something horrific happens and we’re given a second chance, that’s when life becomes even more precious.
For Nikia Ingram, a second chance at life has given her a new outlook. In January, the teen snuck out of her home.
What she never expected is that a ride on a curving road could have cost Nikia her life. When the 2004 Hyundai Sonata she was driving went off the shoulder of Marion County Road 239 in Florida, Nikia wondered if that was the end of her road.
Ocala reported that the car ended up in a ditch and crashed into a fence. That fence went through the car’s windshield and drove straight through the girl’s chest.
“I just couldn’t move,” Nikia told UF Health News. “It was hard to move my arms. I couldn’t move my head. My legs felt like they were stuck.”
It was hours before anyone found her. Nikia shared her chilling thoughts during those seemingly forever moments.
“I kept looking at the clock in the car,” the teen told ABC 20 WCJB. “It was 2. And then it was 3. And then it was 4.”
She went on to shared her internal plea. “I’m not ready to leave yet, so can someone please come find me?”
When she was discovered and taken by helicopter to UF Health, she was alive and alert. The fence post pierced a lung, but it miraculously missed her heart.
“It’s really a miracle,” UF Health’s chief of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery, Dr. Thomas Beaver, told the Palm Beach Post. “The stars lined up for her, and the world really has a plan for her to be with us.”
A miracle, indeed. Now that Nikia’s been given a second chance, she told WCJB exactly what she wants to do with it.
Following her 65 days in the hospital plus recovery time, the young girl still has lots of life ahead of her, and Nikia said she wants to “do something fun.”
I’d say she deserves it after all she’s been through, and no doubt she’ll be a much more cautious driver following this incident as well.
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