"I had to get to her,” said Rhonda Cooper.
Cooper vividly remembers the moment she heard her 31-year old daughter Tasha Bradford was involved in a tragic traffic crash.
"Because you think, I don't want her to be alone and I want to get to her,” said Cooper.
Bradford is recovering at Health South Rehabilitation Hospital and is happy to be alive.
Bradford and her husband, Buck Storey got married October 9th at high praise and worship church in Panama City. After the wedding they drove to Gatlinburg, Tennessee for a week long honeymoon. They left Gatlinburg early in the morning on October 27th, trying to get home in time for Sunday church services. They were heading south on 1-85 near La grange, Georgia, when Tasha’s life dramatically and tragically changed.
"All I can remember is the car rolling,” said Tasha Bradford.
Their vehicle veering off the road and flipping several times. Tasha was badly injured.
"The next thing you know I'm laying down to take a nap I know I was mangled,” said Bradford.
Her husband, buck died at the scene.
"I think to myself, it’s going to be okay. He's in a better place and God spared me and used me for a better reason,” said Bradford.
Paramedics airlifted Tasha to a hospital in Columbus, where doctors determined she needed to go to a major trauma center. They airlifted her again, this time to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. Surgeons removed half of her colon and a part of her intestine. Doctors also had to amputate Tasha Bradford’s right leg.
"She's had a lot of family and friends support her and that's mainly what the doctor wanted,” said Cooper.
But she has a long road ahead of her, including months of physical therapy.
"I was okay with it, I'm still okay with it,” said Bradford.
Bradford has several expenses that keep staking up.
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