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Arlington student recovers from being hit by van

Posted at 7:36 PM, Jan 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-06 19:36:12-05

INDIANAPOLIS -- An Arlington High School student is home from the hospital more than a month after a van hit and critically hurt her. 

Monique'ka Lee was in a coma and on a ventilator for eight days. She was only given a 50 percent chance for survival. 

She was known as a shining star at Arlington High School. 

Before the injury, Lee was a volleyball player and was the IPS player of the week. Below is a photograph of her receiving flowers and candy on senior day. 

She won't be playing volleyball any time soon, but she is making progress. 

"She definitely will not be walking with a walker for very long. She will be able to do stairs. In most cases, she'll be back to normal," her physical therapist Kelli Pennington said. 

Normalcy means Popeye's Chicken. She loves it. The president of the Arlington Alumni Association brought her some for lunch, and has visited her every day since the accident. 

"She is almost even better than before," Tim Bass said. 

Lee's mom is so thankful to see her daughter's progress. She says it is like a new person. 

"The new Monique'ka that I do have, that God left here for me, I'm loving it. I'm really loving it," Elizabeth Grimes said. 

Lee wants to go to college and get a degree in psychology. She wants to help children with behavior problems. 

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