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KY teen injured in crash thanks Vanderbilt staff, blood donors

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A Kentucky teen who nearly died after a horrible car accident had a reason to smile Thursday. Rachel Pentecost, 19, and her family thanked the Vanderbilt medical team who helped save her life.

Pentecost crashed on Highway 431 South in Muhlenberg County less than a month ago, and she was flown by medical helicopter to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with critical injuries.

She has a long and difficult road ahead to recovery, but she also has a lot to be thankful for.

"The way we train is to save life over limb," said Vanderbilt trauma Dr. Oscar Guillamondegui.

Pentecost's doctors say she's lucky to be alive at all. One of the things that helped her survive was donated blood.

"Blood usage requires blood donation," Guillamondegui said. "And with that adequate blood supply, we were able to save this young woman's life."

The young woman's parents say they're thankful for the entire team that helped save their daughter's life, including the men who flew her to Vanderbilt.

"Thank you very much," said father James Pentecost. "Truly a blessing."

And they are especially grateful for those unnamed donors.

"Each bag, unit of blood, into my daughter, I was praying and I was saying whoever took time out of their day to go give blood, I was so grateful for that person," said mother Kathy Pentecost.

Community support is helping the family stay positive. A Facebook page updating Rachel Pentecost's condition has generated more than 11,000 "likes," and well-wishes are coming in from all over the world.

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