Teen beats odds after tragic car accident
CUTLER BAY, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida teenager is making a remarkable recovery after she was nearly killed in a car collision last year.
Last December, 19-year-old Brittany Formosa was driving on the Florida Turnpike when a driver made an illegal U-turn and crashed into the college student's car. "I saw the person coming; they were going fast," said Formosa. She added, "He really hurt me really bad."
Formosa, who was studying to be a physical therapist, is now ironically receiving intense physical therapy and making remarkable progress at Jackson's Purdue Medical Center.
Doctors noted that Formosa's ability to speak at all and move like she does is remarkable. In February, she moved to Jackson Perdue's Medical Center in Cutler Bay after waking up from a month-long coma. Dr. Renaud Saint-Vil said, "She was not doing anything much."
However, that quickly changed with therapy five times a week. Therapists focused on her love for sports as a goal. "This was a very active young girl. Gymnastics, football," said her mom Julie Formosa.
Physical Therapist Carol Barnett said, "We talk about the things she used to do in the past, and we try to incorporate having her use that as a motivation."
The doctors who treat her say her motor skills have improved drastically. "It's amazing," said Saint-Vil.
Her mom added, "The progress she has made is phenomenal."
Occupational Therapist Kathy Anglin said, "We got her down to the gym. We started rolling her, moving her, giving her all kind of stimulation."
With the life-changing experience, Formosa's family is now urging drivers to be cautious and patient while on the road.
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