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Teen's family talks about recovery after crash

Posted at 9:42 AM, May 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-18 10:42:14-04

TULSA -- A Broken Arrow teen is fighting for her life after a terrible car accident back in February, where doctors believe she may have had a seizure while driving on the Broken Arrow Expressway.

"The odds are against her but the odds have been against her since this accident happened, and she’s pulled through, she’s my miracle baby," said Jennifer Jones, Madison Larson's mother.

17-year-old Madison Larson was driving home from a friend's house back in February, when something went horribly wrong.

"She had veered over to the side of the highway and hit three trees," said Jones.

Doctors say she might have had a seizure behind the wheel.

"The police department said there was 350 feet, she did not once put on her brakes," said Jones.

Lantz Newell, who was driving near Madison on the BA Expressway, didn't hesitate to help when he saw her hit the trees.

"Ran down into the ditch, tried to get into the car, pulled my knife out, started hitting the window trying to break the window," said Newell.

When that didn't work, he grabbed a rock nearby and was finally to break inside the car. He said he held her head up and pulled out a piece of the dashboard that was lodged in her mouth, so she could breathe.

"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," said Newell.

Newell tried to keep Madison's head up, while his son who was in the car with him called 911.

"They saved my baby’s life, if it wasn’t for them she wouldn’t be here today," said Jones.

For several months, it's been an uphill battle for Madison's recovery.

"She’s got a yeast infection in her brain, she has an infection in her CSF fluid," said Jones.

But after being told she only had a seven percent chance of surviving the night of the crash, they consider themselves lucky.

"She cries now and I get excited to hear her cry and I’m her mom I shouldn’t be excited but, I hear that voice and it just gives me more hope," said Jones.

The teen couldn't walk for graduation, but Broken Arrow schools sent her diploma to the family, and called her name during the ceremony.

As for what's next, the family is praying for a miracle.

"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," said Jones.

Madison's family set up a GoFundMe account to help pay for her medical bills.

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