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A Time for Thanks: UA student beats tremendous odds after being hit by drunk driver

TUCSON- A University of Arizona student is set to return back to campus as a senior after she was hit by a drunk driver last December.

About a year ago Ashley Murray was home for the holidays with family in California, when she went out one night with friends and took an Uber to get home.

“She did everything right, but encountered someone who did everything wrong,” said Carla Fields, Murray’s aunt.

Reports said that a drunk driver hit the Uber Ashley was in with her friend.

“It was every parents worst nightmare,” said Kathy Murray, Ashley’s mother. “I remember hoping out of bed and spinning in circles not knowing what to do.”

Family said that Ashley was in a coma for 23 days until one day she began sobbing and wiggling her toes.

After about five months in the hospital and multiple surgeries later, Ashley is continuing to do physical, speech and occupational therapy.

“I am thankful to be alive and for my family and my friends and just for everyone who took care of me,” said Ashley.

“Over these past 10 and a half months you constantly see people don’t have the opportunity that we have… their friends lives are taken in an instant and well this has been a long and difficult struggle we still have her and she is still her so we are truly blessed,” said Ashley’s mother.

Murray will return to the UA in the spring and aspires to be a nurse one day.

Her family saying it is truly a time for thanks for the Murray family.

For a link to Ashley’s Go Fund Me page, click here.

Matt Benz

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