Lifewatch: Modern Medicine

WILMINGTON -- A South Carolina woman is making great strides and taking steps few people thought she would ever take after an almost deadly collision.

If there were Olympic medals for a person's drive, Terri Christiansen would take the gold.  She has a strong drive for recovery.

Christiansen's car was hit head on.

"It was like I was hanging there with a stake in my back -- it's the only feeling I had,"said Christiansen.

According to Neurosurgeon, Dr. Sunil Patel the accident pushed Christiansen's spine out of line.

"We told her she would not be able to walk," said Dr. Patel.

The day after Dr. Patel performed surgery, Christiansen wiggled her toes.

"It doesn't do any good to worry about what you can't do, worry about how to get to the next step," said Christiansen.

She goes through physical therapy three times a day, instead of two; seven days a week, instead of five.

Christiansen plans to walk down the aisle at her son's April wedding, and play with her first grandchild expected this year.

Reported by Kristy Ondo