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Mallory's Miracle: Woman pays it forward after tragic accident

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As Mallory Martone works to recover from a brain injury suffered in 2010, she is helping others to do the same. As Mallory Martone works to recover from a brain injury suffered in 2010, she is helping others to do the same.
SABINE PARISH, LA (KSLA) -

A Sabine Parish woman left with a brain injury after a car accident is now paying if forward to other brain injury victims through a non-profit organization called "Mallory's Miracle."

Mallory Martone was involved in a car accident in December of 2010. Reportedly, an intoxicated driver crossed the center line of Highway 6 on the Pendelton Bridge at hit the car Mallory was driving in.

Mallory was left with only a 5 percent chance to live.

"If she did live, she would more than likely be a vegetable," says Mallory's Mom Pam Martone.

After three years, Mallory is just steps away from a full recovery. She is talking, and she can also walk with some assistance. But her recovery has seen drastic progression with the help of Neuro-prostheses.

"It's helping to retrain her to pick her foot up while she walks," says Dr. Suzanne Tinsley with LSU Health Rehabilitation Center. Tinsley works with Mallory twice a week, she says the new technology is only available at the center.

According to the Brain Injury Association of America, more than 2.4 million children and adults in the U.S. sustain a traumatic brain injury each year.

"I'm so scared in my head," says Mallory as she struggles to walk with the device.

Mallory's family could not afford the device used in Mallory's recovery, but the community stepped up and raised more than $9,000 toward her recovery.

And now as Mallory works to recover, she is helping others to do the same.

With the extra donated money she started Mallory's Miracle, a non-profit organization with the purpose of helping other brain injury victims afford Neuro-prostheses.

"Walk and make my own money and live my own life, and be my own person," says Mallory about her life goals.

The group is up and running, and one day Mallory will be too.

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