'I'm not ready to leave yet' - 15-year-old impaled by fence describes fight for survival


Nikia Ingram was just five minutes from home, but it would be months until she arrived.

Ingram, 14 years old at the time, was driving home late on a January night when her car veered off the road and into a wooden fence. Part of the fence pierced her windshield, and speared her chest. She waited hours for help.

“It was early in the morning and people aren’t up at that time so I was just like, I’m not ready to leave yet so can somebody please come find me," Nikia said.

Dr. Thomas Beaver, at the University of Florida College of Medicine, said he had never seen anything like it.

“We came in and we could not believe what we had seen you kind of have a somber feeling, you don’t know how it’s going to turn out. You hope it’s good to turn out good, and it did,” Beaver said.

Spending 65 days in the hospital, the 15-year-old changed the life of one nurse in particular.

“To be a part of somebody’s life when they are fighting for their life you can’t help but bond with them, it’s just such an extraordinary experience,” said Stephanie Queen, a pediatric care nurse.

Nikias' mother Patty Ingram stayed with her daughter in the hospital every day.

“There was some really tough times, that first month was really hard,” said Patty.

After months of recovery Nikia is enjoying time with her family.

“Before we were always busy and now we can go out and do stuff and have fun and just relax,” said Nikia.

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