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Campbell, MO mother gets second chance at life after ATV crash

After almost dying in a dangerous crash and months of therapy – Trista came home on Nov. 27. (Source: Trista Beltz, Facebook) After almost dying in a dangerous crash and months of therapy – Trista came home on Nov. 27. (Source: Trista Beltz, Facebook)
Kennedy is more than happy to have her mom home, and Trista says she is her rock. (Source: Trista Beltz, Facebook) Kennedy is more than happy to have her mom home, and Trista says she is her rock. (Source: Trista Beltz, Facebook)
While Trista is doing much better she still needs help adjusting to her new life. (Source: Trista Beltz, Facebook) While Trista is doing much better she still needs help adjusting to her new life. (Source: Trista Beltz, Facebook)
Her doctors aren't sure if she'll be able to walk again, but she believes it's possible. (Source, Trista Beltz, Facebook) Her doctors aren't sure if she'll be able to walk again, but she believes it's possible. (Source, Trista Beltz, Facebook)
Trista says it's her faith that keeps her going.   That she might walk again, run again, even jump again. (Source: Trista Beltz, Facebook) Trista says it's her faith that keeps her going.  That she might walk again, run again, even jump again. (Source: Trista Beltz, Facebook)
CAMPBELL, MO (KFVS) -

One Heartland woman is celebrating a special Thanksgiving for 2015.

After almost dying in a dangerous crash and months of therapy – she came home on Nov. 27.

On the first of September Trista Beltz life changed forever.

She was trying to get home after dark on her ATV when its light went out.

Trista says reached for her flashlight.

That’s when she flew into a ditch on a rural country road in Campbell, Missouri.

"I just kept praying," Beltz said. "Kennedy's gotta have a mom."

Trista waited for hours in a ditch in the dark hoping that someone would find her.

Both of her lungs were punctured so she couldn't scream for help.

All she had with her was a flashlight and the hope that someone would see it shining on a stop sign.

"The last car I remember that shined my flashlight on the stop sign and it went dead," Beltz said.

It took almost three hours for her friends to find her.

She was unable to move and could barely talk, but somehow she was found.

Trista was airlifted to Memphis, and was eventually sent to a hospital in St. Louis where she's been for the past month.

Her doctor says she's partially paralyzed from the waist down.

She uses a wheelchair to get around and has been going through physical therapy for months.

But recently, she got to go home.

Her first stop was to visit her sister in the hospital who happened to have a baby on the same day.

There she was reunited with her 5-year-old daughter Kennedy. and got to meet Wyatt, her new nephew.

Kennedy is more than happy to have her mom home, and Trista says she is her rock.

Now Trista says even the smallest things will be different.

"It's not just being able to walk. It's not being able to do just anything," Beltz said. "You have to do everything differently."

Even with the changes she's going through, Trista says she's truly thankful.

"I'm so thankful that I'm here, my sweet little Kennedy, and I have a new nephew, and you know, I'm alive," she explained. " I'm grateful to be alive."

Her doctors aren't sure if she'll be able to walk again, but she believes it's possible.

"I could walk again one day," Beltz said. "I have faith I will walk."

Trista says it's her faith that keeps her going. 

That she might walk again, run again, even jump again.

While Trista is doing much better she still needs help adjusting to her new life.

She set up a gofundme page to help her get her car ready for the road and other expenses.

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