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Family thankful to be alive after crash

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LAFAYETTE, TN (WSMV) -

On this day of thanks, one family is thankful to be alive.

There's nothing like a near-death experience to put life in perspective. For a Midstate mother, her husband and toddler, that lesson is still fresh.

Six days ago, rescue workers pulled a young family out of the car - a mom, a dad and their baby.

It took an hour just to get the crushed mom out of the car.

On Thursday, believe it or not, all are at home having a most thankful Thanksgiving.

It is a bustling day at the Belton home - aunts, uncles, cousins, kids and Paw-paw in the recliner.

This Thanksgiving is different. You could hear it in Angela Belton's voice.

"Love your family, love your kids," said Belton. "Every time they walk out the door, always tell them you love them because you just never know."

Sarah Suddarth has two broken ankles and a broken foot. To her, it's joyful news because last Friday she thought her entire family was dead.

"When we first landed, I was the only one awake," said Suddarth. "Jordan's first moving scared me. Lilly's not moving. I couldn't look at her."

As it turns out, they were fine. Jordan just had scratches. He's been the nurse. Little Lilly has been a distraction from the pain.

Now this young mom who was so consumed with being unable to find a job has not put it in its place.

"I was just stressed out for money," said Suddarth. "God helped us through Friday night. He'll be here for us."

Paw-paw's Thanksgiving prayer had special meaning this year, but maybe even more special, a surprise visit from the angels who helped Suppardt stay alive.

The Beltons said they always have believed in the power of prayer, but it is a blessing to see it work in your own life during a crisis.

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