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Woman's inspiring recovery after devastating accident

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It's a story that began months ago. 

Back in April, Lauren Fogger Tigges went too fast around a bend in the road and flipped her car. 

Crushed from the impact, doctors didn't expect Lauren to keep her arms.

Fast forward to November and it's a much different story. After dozens of surgeries, Lauren is back at work welcoming visitors to Boomtown Casino.

"You know I never thought that Lauren would ever get back to where she is now. She can do pretty much whatever she wants. Yes, she's got some scars, but I think they're the prettiest things I've seen in a long time," said her father Danny Fogger.

"I see a physical therapist twice a week and I continue to do everything I did before," said Lauren.
 
Lauren wasn't supposed to keep her arms, much less drive and swim as she does today. 

"It was a few weeks ago. I was driving home from work and Lauren calls me like she usually does and said, 'I went swimming today!'. I nearly ran off the road," said Danny.
 
"I can type and write. Full function is back," said Lauren.

With some of the best medical help in the country and a determination to succeed, she is well on her way to recovery.

Lauren's father, Danny Fogger, has held her hand and sometimes literally held her up through this entire journey.
 
"Look at those fingers that weren't supposed to move. Thank you Jesus," said Danny.

Posting twice a day on Facebook, Danny kept hundreds of friends, family members and new followers up to date on Lauren's progress through more than two dozen surgeries.

"His support has been unconditional no matter what the situation and that's given me strength that I can't even describe," said Lauren. 

"The following that we got, I've never seen anything like that either. We're fortunate and very blessed and very happy that things have turned out like they have," said Danny.
 
It's turned out to be one of the biggest learning curves of their lives and it's not over.
 
She's not out of the woods yet. She's got another kind of major surgery that she's trying to put off until the end of the year on her left arm and then there might be plastic surgery," said Danny.

But, during this month of November with thanksgiving just around the corner, Danny Fogger and his daughter Lauren have a whole lot for which to be grateful.

"She's got that fiery 'will do' and 'can do' spirit and a fighter attitude mentality. I'm probably more proud of that than I am of anything," said Danny.

"If you believe in something and you have a strong support system like I did, then you can achieve anything that you want," said Lauren.

Six weeks ago Lauren got a brand new Nissan.
 
She said she drives a lot slower now and tries to stay off her phone while on the road.

To keep up with her recovery, click this link.

 

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