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South Florida woman reunited with heroes who rescued her from crash

Jennifer Gray seriously injured in January 2015 crash

MIRAMAR, Fla. – A young South Florida woman got the surprise of her life Thursday when she was reunited with the emergency workers who saved her life after she was severely injured in a crash.

Personally thanking the people who helped save her life is something Jennifer Gray has dreamed about doing for two years.

"You guys have no idea what you've done for me," Gray said.

Gray was leaving Ross University off Southwest 145th Avenue in Miramar on Jan. 5, 2015, when she crashed her car.

Gray remembers the panic about to set in, but said it was a firefighter on scene who kept her keep calm.

"The firefighter he was there the whole time," she said. "He talked me through it. He joked around with me. He made me feel like it was going to be OK no matter what. I had no idea what I looked like. I had no idea what the injuries were."

Gray's injuries were so severe that she was airlifted for emergency surgery.                 

She was told her broken bones might never fully heal, meaning she might not be able to run again -- something she loved doing.

But with determination and help from doctors, she made a quick recovery.

Gray never stopped talking about the amazing first responders who helped her and her friends surprised her with the reunion on Thursday.

"We don't get to follow up on the status of our patients a lot of times," Jose Gregorisch, of Miramar Fire Rescue, said. "Once we drop them off at the hospital, it really is an entire chain of survival. We have our part, the hospital has their part, and we rarely end up finding out hat happens with them."

Gray completed two half marathons since the crash and is planning her own half marathon to raise awareness for mental health.


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