According to KJRH, something horrible happened to Madison Larson back in February. The thing is that doctors don’t exactly know what.
The 17-year-old girl from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, was driving one day when she lost control of her vehicle. “She had veered over to the side of the highway and hit three trees,” her mother, Jennifer Jones, said.
The odd thing about it was that the scene of the accident didn’t seem to make sense. For one thing, it didn’t show any of the signs that you’d expect a driver to show after realizing she was about to have an accident.
“The police department said there was 350 feet. She did not once put on her brakes,” Jones explained.
The authorities came to the conclusion that Larson could have suffered a seizure while behind the wheel.
But they know one thing for sure: She wouldn’t have survived the wreck without the help of Lantz Newell.
Newell didn’t know Larson, but he was right behind her when the accident occurred. When he saw her veer off the road, he jumped into action.
“Ran down into the ditch, tried to get into the car, pulled my knife out, started hitting the window trying to break the window,” he recounted.
He couldn’t manage it, so he scooped up a rock and smashed the glass until it shattered.
“When she pulled in front of us, it was like God was saying, ‘Just stop. Like, this is what you’re supposed it do. Just stop. You’re supposed to be here to help.’”
And help he did. Newell noticed a piece of the dashboard in Larson’s mouth and pulled it out so she could breathe.
He also held her head up while his son still in their car called 911.
“They saved my baby’s life, if it wasn’t for them she wouldn’t be here today,” Jones said.
Even though Larson survived, she had a very, very lengthy recovery ahead of her.
According to a GoFundMe campaign set up for her medical support, she suffered a shattered pelvis and femur.
Larson also sustained a traumatic brain injury, which necessitated the removal of part of her skull to alleviate swelling. But her family still holds out hope.
“She cries now, and I get excited to hear her cry, and I’m her mom,” Jones said. “I shouldn’t be excited, but I hear that voice and it just gives me more hope. …
“We have a long journey ahead of us. We don’t know what we have coming, but she’s here today, and that’s all that matters.”
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