LEBANON, Ohio (WDTN) - Tragedy sent one Miami Valley woman on a mission to figure out why her life was spared.
A driver who was speeding and texting left her scrambling to start over.
"I had a day off work and it was sunny out, it was nice, so I was going to meet some friends and just have a good day you know," said Aimee Eckert.
It was April of 2011 and Eckert, of Lebanon, was driving down a country road in Alabama where she was living at the time.
"The speed limit was 35. I was going around 35."
Eckert's spring cruise was cut short when an oncoming car crossed into her lane hitting her head on.
"They say she was going about 75 in a 35 which I just can't imagine, you know, why she would be going that fast."
Officials say not only was the driver speeding, she was also texting.
While Eckert doesn't remember much about the crash, her scars now tell the story.
"I have metal in every limb. I have a stint in my heart because the impact ripped the aorta from my heart. I'm like the bionic woman, you know. There's just so much metal."
Everyday tasks now come with pain.
Eckert had her leg amputated at the knee, but what likely left the biggest hole in Eckert's life can be seen in an X-ray taken just after the accident.
The tiny bones to the right of her spine belong to her unborn child, Gabriel.
Eckert was 6 months pregnant.
"He'll never get to know me. I never got to touch him. I always feel the loss, that's always there, but I just don't want to forget, forget him. I always want to keep his memory."
To do that, Eckert has had to determine why she's still breathing.
"There's a reason this all happened I think. I think God was looking out for me. He wasn't ready to take me yet.
Her answer to moving on is a message for all drivers to prevent another heartbreak.
"I'm trying to make the best of a bad situation advocating for texting and now amputees and trying to pass that message, you know, it's just not worth it."
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