Lexi Hansen, BYU Student, Making ‘Miracle’ Recovery After Getting Hit by Car

March 5, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Lexi Hansen, a freshman at Brigham Young University (BYU), is making a “miracle” recovery after suffering life threatening injuries from a car collision.

Hansen, 18, was riding her longboard near the Provo, Utah school’s campus when she was hit. 

The longboard enthusiast was rushed to the hospital after the crash. She wasn’t wearing a helmet when she was hit.

Hansen was alert and breathing on her own this week after the crash last week.

“When they brought her in, the doctors gave her less than a 5 percent chance of survival,” Doug Hansen, Lexi’s father, told Deseret News. “They told us to call our family and get them here quickly because she wasn’t going to last too long.”

The Mormon family gathered by Hansen’s bedside over the weekend and sang hyms, something they say helped her quick recovery. 

“While we were singing, she hand signed, ‘I love you,’ moving her arm around so that everyone could see. She then reached for each person’s hands individually so she could squeeze them,” the family said via Facebook. “We could hardly sing due to the tears streaming down our face. We knew we were witnessing a miracle.”

“Every single day is a miracle, every single day,” added Hansen’s mother Marcia Hansen. “It was a zero percent when she was found, then 1 percent the next day. Now there are still a few things that we are not sure of, but almost everything is just positive.”

The driver who hit Hansen wasn’t charged in what police say was an accident.

“We’ve reached out to him,” Marcia Hansen said. “We had dinner with him the other night at the hospital. He’s gone through torment. We just wanted him to know that accidents happen, and we love him and we don’t want him to feel guilty. We feel like he has been a catalyst for all this to happen, to have all this love come out in the community.”

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