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Survivor: Gabriela’s Story

Gabriela (right) and mother, Carmencita (left)

Gabriela Rosales, ANS alumni and current freshman in Elon University, was hit by a car on March 16, 2015 at 6:00 pm. Her injuries were fatal, but luckily, she somehow performed a miraculous recuperation from what would’ve been her death bed.

We had a chance to interview the brave survivor on August 28, 2015. “(I feel) Blessed that I am still alive. It is something I will always be thankful for. It has been a hard road, and there is still so much to be done.”

Her perspective on life has since changed drastically; she now sees life in a completely different way, focusing on the positive and putting her family before anything else. She firmly believes that without the support from her family and friends, she would’ve never made it.

“I was leaving the gym with one of my friends, heading to another friend’s house, who was going to make us soup. My friend was talking to her parents on the phone as we walked, and I was about to call mine. I was crossing the road, and then my mind goes blank. The only thing I remember is  voices saying ‘I don’t want to look’ or ‘don’t look at her’” Gabriela says. Her injuries were severe; she was not expected to make it out alive, and if so, she was going to have a very slow and painful recovery.

Gabriela survived and almost miraculously recovered in the course of six months. The speed at which she recovered was inexplicable. Doctors expected it would take a year for her to be where she is now in her recovery. She is looking forward to a full recovery, to reunite with friends and family, and most of all, to return to college.

“I could hear people talking in the hospital room. People who I’ve never known who came to visit me. People who I knew, I recognized their voices immediately.” She says. When asked about her advice to people who are going, or know someone who is going, through her same experience, she answered, “I would tell them to never give up. It’s tough, don’t get me wrong. But the hard work is going to pay of. Before, I could barely moved, I couldn’t eat by myself or talk. And now I am so much better. Once you start recovering, things change completely, for the better. “

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