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A 2020 Miracle: Bride-to-be walks out of hospital after nearly dying in ATV crash

Posted at 3:59 PM, Nov 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-25 20:37:38-05

WACO, TX — Lesly Panaigua is still suffering from a fractured spine and extensive brain damage after a horrible ATV accident almost took her life in September.

"From what we know, she did die for like 10 seconds," fiancé Jerry Sanchez said.

Sanchez has been by his bride's side every step of the way, along with family and friends. Now their prayers have been answered. Panaigua is finally going home after two months of therapy and recovery.

It's been an uphill battle. Panaigua has had to relearn simple motor skills like walking, talking and eating.

"I was always hopeful, I knew she would come through and she has," Sanchez said.

Strength and determination has gotten Panaigua where she is today. Her support system of doctors and therapists helped too.

"She is a true miracle," Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant Katy Jarvis said.

Jarvis has been by Panaigua's side every step of the way and has become part of the family.

"The first day that we went in there and she squeezed my hand, I burst into tears. I was like, "Oh my gosh, we are making progress,"" Jarvis said.

Now, Panaigua and Sanchez's wedding guest list has grown after the heroes who worked with her day in and out are the ones who are responsible for her going home.

The vows may not have been said yet, however Sanchez has proven that through sickness and in health, he'll be by her side. Always.

"I can't really explain deeply how inspiring she is to me," Sanchez said. "No matter what happens, I'm always going to be by your side. I'm not ever going away."

Living with a neck and chest brace for the next two weeks, it'll still be months of 24/7 care from Sanchez and other family members. The family asks for continued prayers and thanks those who have been doing so to get them here today.

There is a GoFundMe page set up to help with medical expenses.