Katie Arrington, the South Carolina GOP congressional candidate who was involved in a fatal car accident in June, is speaking out about her experience and her healing process.
What's the background?
Arrington was seriously injured in a fatal vehicle accident on June 22. She and a friend, Jackie Goff, were traveling to Hilton Head, South Carolina, when a drunk driver in the wrong lanes of traffic struck their vehicle.
Arrington was on her way to Hilton Head, where she was set to receive an award from a state medical organization, when the accident occurred. Arrington's traveling companion sustained serious injuries, but survived. The driver in the other vehicle died from her injuries.
It was later revealed that the driver of the other vehicle was driving under the influence at the time of the accident.
According to Fox News, Arrington said that she broke several ribs and both feet in the accident. She also fractured the second vertebrae in her back, lost most of her small intestine, lost her right colon, and ruptured her aorta.
What did she say about her healing process?
On Friday's "Fox & Friends," Arrington said that despite her serious injuries, she sustained no neurological damage and she will be able to walk again.
Arrington also noted that she began praying — loudly — in the moments immediately following the "horrific, unbelievable" accident.
"I didn't stop talking to God," Arrington said. "From the moment of impact, very loudly; I was not quiet."
She later added that a bystander was able to call Arrington's husband from the scene of the accident, and she credited her seatbelt, the airbag, and the embrace of God for her life.
"I knew that I had severed my stomach, basically, the seatbelt ... the airbags saved our lives and if you don't believe in God, look at this face. I mean ... Jackie and I have no facial trauma, no neurological damage," Arrington added. "If you don't understand that was God's good embracing holding me and Jackie, you just need to believe."
"I was talking to God just the entire way," she added, noting that she'd never lost consciousness during the ordeal, nor did she lose faith.