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Two Months After Horrific Car Crash, A Warm Welcome Home for Greenville Teen

Paramedics didn't expect her to live. She proved them wrong. Doctors didn't expect her to recover. She proved them wrong too. Two months after nearly dying in a car crash, a Muhlenberg County teenager comes home to a tribute fit for the governor.<br>
Paramedics didn't expect her to live. She proved them wrong. Doctors didn't expect her to recover. She proved them wrong too. Two months after nearly dying in a car crash, a Muhlenberg County teenager comes home to a tribute fit for the governor.

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For a town so deeply rooted in the red, white and blue, on this day, Greenville is a shade of pink

And by all means, they're proud of it.

From corner to corner and sidewalk to sidewalk, the city square pays tribute to a preacher's daughter - or as Rebecca Haley calls her - a little sister.

"To be able to see [my sister] just two and a half months later coming through with almost a full recovery, it's just overwhelming," Haley said.

May 21st was overwhelming too.

It was raining, it was dark. Haley's sister, 19 year old Rachel Pentecost, crashed her car down an embankment.

Like the lights on the ambulance, Rachel's life flickered.

"The doctor's didn't give her a chance to live," said Tracy Warner, Rachel's aunt.

"When we first arrived to the hospital in Owensboro, we were given no hope at all," Haley said. "[Rachel] coded three times when she was there."

The family prepared for Rachel to pass away. Two months later, Rachel is passing through.

"The last time we saw Rachel with all the police sirens was at the scene of the accident," Haley said.

The latest step in Rachel's recovery came with a slow roll through town with friends, family and perfect strangers lining the way.

"It's awful that a 19 year old has lost her leg," Haley said. "At the same time, it's been such a prayer answered that's all it was."

There will be difficult days ahead for Rachel Pentecost, no doubt.

But if her first day home is any indication, things will be just fine.

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Doctors say Rachel will be able to walk again with the help of therapy and a prosthetic leg.
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