"It was panic. I was scared. I started crying."
On August 24th 2016, Laura Doremus got the call that every parent hopes never comes.
"The school called and they couldn't tell me if she was alive or dead," Laura Doremus said.
Her daughter, 15-year-old Morgan Doremus had been hit by a car while crossing the road back towards Ellison High School as she returned to class from her lunch break.
Facing life threatening injuries, she was immediately airlifted to Scott and White where doctors put her in a coma to battle swelling in her brain.
"She was really bad off," Laura Doremus said. "That call to fly her saved her life."
After six months of hospital care and rigorous rehabilitation therapy in both Austin in Temple, the high school sophomore who once teetered on the brink of life and death finally returned home Thursday.
"It was better than brought her home from the hospital as a newborn, because we almost lost her," Laura Doremus said. "If it weren't for all the people praying for her I don't think she would have made it."
Although Morgan has a long journey ahead of her, her injuries had serious impact on the language center of her brain. Her future will include constant rounds of physical, occupational, and speech therapy.
Laura Doremus said her daughter will be returning to school soon.
"She should be starting just a few days after they return from spring break," she said.
For Morgan and her mom, this is the new normal. It's a story of survival that Laura Doremus attributes to the support of a community, but also the strength of a 15-year-old girl that decided to fight. Her mother said it would have been easy for her to say no I don't want to.
"I'm so proud of her. You're my girl," she said.
Friends of the family have set up a crowd funding page to help with some of her medical expenses.
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