ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A head on collision at the Nottingham Exit on the Liberty Expressway killed one woman and left an Albany teen critically injured on February 1.
As of Wednesday, that teen, Maddie Armona, 19, is making incredible progress.
WALB's Catherine Patterson spoke with Maddie's mother Windy over the phone.
She's with Maddie in Atlanta as Maddie remains at the Shepherd Center.
The accident took the life of Marteshia Green, 30, and left Maddie critically injured. Maddie's parents, waiting at home for her arrival, got worried, and decided to go out and find her.
"We were backing out of the driveway, and two state patrolmen pulled up. It was pretty traumatic. They pulled up with their lights down low, and got out of their car. And I expected the worst," said Maddie's mom, Windy Armona.
Looking at pictures of Maddie's car, it's hard not to expect the worst.
Maddie was in critical condition, with brain injuries, fractures and broken bones.
She had to be extricated from her car, and was transported to Phoebe.
"It was pretty grim. She was not responsive," explained Windy. "They couldn't get her to respond to any kind of commands or anything. She was not awake."
But once Windy got a chance to see her daughter, she saw a glimpse of hope.
"We were finally able to go in and see her, and I just started singing her favorite songs from when she was a child," Windy said. "She started responding and squeezing my hand."
Maddie was immediately air lifted to the trauma center in Macon.
"My question that night to the doctor was, 'Is she going to make it?' And the doctor cried and said, 'I can't tell you if she will or not,'" Explained Windy.
Windy knew Maddie needed prayers. So, she took to social media, asking for friends, family, and strangers to pray for her daughter.
On Friday, March 3, she was transported to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta and Maddie's progress began to really speed up.
"She woke up," said Windy. "She wrote me a note, she drew a heart, she smiled, and she waved at us."
Now six and a half weeks later, Maddie no longer needs a wheelchair, she's walking with a walker.
While she still has cognitive issues with her brain injury, doctors feel that within a year, she will recover.
A cross that used to hang in Maddie's car was the only thing the family could salvage after the wreck.
There is now a GoFundMe page set up for Maddie to cover her medical expenses.
Anyone who would like to make a donation can visit the Maddie Jean the Monstateen GoFundMe Page.
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