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Melissa Ann, a teenage “drunk driver,” was paralyzed when she was hung 75 feet out of a window in a horrific car accident after a beer pong session.
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Horrified locals discovered Melissa Ann, then 18, face down on the ground, her neck twisted, so crooked her chin rested on her shoulder. She said the last hand she felt was that of the stranger who found the accident and asked for help.
The Tallahassee, Florida woman broke her neck in five places and injured her spinal cord. This left her paraplegic, paralyzed from the neck down and paralyzed in all four limbs.
At 30, she spoke boldly on the Real Fix podcast about the last thing she felt and the difficult experience of dealing with life-changing injuries.
Melissa had been out with a friend the night before the accident, so she had no intention of drinking.
But the teenager participated in a beer pong game in August 2008.
She called her parents at 1 a.m. before curfew to tell them he was at a friend’s house, but almost inevitably changed his mind and headed home at 3 a.m.
Melissa Ann had had a few beers with some friends before she and her passenger got behind the wheel of their truck with their passenger in the passenger seat.
She pulled up next to a car in a merging lane that “veered me off at the last second” and got too close, the brakes broke at a corner and they crashed.
Not wearing a seat belt
Without wearing a seat belt, Melissa was thrown 75 feet out of the open window when her truck rolled over countless times.
The accident was heard by residents a mile away.
Melissa told Real Fix: “When my truck flipped over after getting caught on the side of the road, neither of us were buckled up for some crazy reason and we turned at eight. ten times
“And during this turn they threw me out of my truck.
She added: “I landed 75 feet from my friend.
“And it seems like I got out of the vehicle first, depending on where we landed, and then further away, right next to where the vehicle stopped tipping over.”
“The people who found us said that if I went back one more time, it would have completely depressed them.
“One of the guys next to me told me I shook his hand a couple of times so I knew it was okay.
“And who would have known that this man’s hand would be the last hand he would ever be after the accident and injury?”
Two men had heard the crash and rushed to the rescue to find Melissa’s injured friend with a broken pelvis and tailbone.
Melissa was rushed to the hospital as “Jane Doe
Melissa was rushed to the hospital as “Jane Doe” in a coma and her parents were called three hours later.
Scans revealed that he had ruptured his C3-C7 vertebrae and damaged his spinal cord, and doctors placed pens on his neck to repair the damage.
She was in a ventilatory coma for ten days before being transferred to a rehabilitation center in Atlanta, Georgia.
Melissa spent two months in the hospital where she found movement, but no sensation, in just one muscle in her arm.
Melissa still does not have sensation in her neck, but thanks to the tireless rehabilitation work she has some movement in her arms again.
She told Real Fix that she initially denied her injuries and that it took her four years to come to terms with what happened.
She believes her calling is to educate others about the dangers of drinking and driving, and she even says she wouldn’t necessarily change what happened.
Melissa added, “Do I want my feelings and movements to be the way they used to be?”
“Of course, it would be crazy to say that I want to be paralyzed.
“But … despite all the physical losses, I wouldn’t want to change that because I don’t want to know what kind of person I would have been if I had remained in this pattern of life … me.”