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Posted: 4:35 p.m. Friday, April 20, 2012
GASTONIA, N.C. —
Lesly Brown, 19, will be in a wheelchair for another six weeks, but she is not complaining.
“I'm good,” she said. “I'd rather have cuts, bruises (and) scrapes and still be here.”
Brown is in a rehab center now. She was driving an SUV Easter Sunday when she swerved to miss a cat on Robinson Road.
“I remember seeing the tree, but after that I blacked out,” Brown said.
Three men who lived nearby pulled her out of the SUV as flames spread.
“I am just very thankful for the men who saved her because if it wasn't for them, she wouldn't be here,” said her mother, Lisa Hudson.
Hudson said she remembers finding a leaf from the tree Lesly hit matted in her daughter's hair at the hospital.
“You never dreamed this would happen to your child,” Hudson said.
Brown keeps the leaf in a Bible next to her bed, along with a praying doll her mother gave her.
Brown believes the wreck was part of her destiny. She said when she thanked the men who saved her, they told her:
“If it wasn't for what happened to me, they wouldn't be where they are now,” Brown said.
Now they value life more, as does Brown, and that has helped her speed through her recovery.
She may finish with rehab in half the expected time.
“I didn't think I was this strong,” Brown said.
In two weeks, Brown will be reunited with the men who pulled her from the burning SUV. The church that she was headed to on Easter morning is hosting a reception for them.
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