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Teenage accident survivor hopes her story will inspire others

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Jenna Slim survived a car surfing accident Jenna Slim survived a car surfing accident

After a tragic car surfing incident that killed a Wolfforth teen on Thursday, an accident survivor is speaking out about the dangers, hoping it will save lives in the future.

Jenna Slim's story may sound familiar.

We first shared it during one of our Children's Miracle Network telethons.

"I was 17. It was eight days after I graduated high school and we went car surfing," Slim, now 26, said.

Slim felt like she was on top of the world and surfed on top of a car to prove it.

"She took a turn going 50 miles an hour and threw me off a car. I had internal bleeding, swelling, I was in a coma for 10 days," Slim said.

Now, eight years later, she is a walking miracle but knows others aren't as fortunate.

"Read the story, read that he was 17 and he was on top of the car with somebody else. I thought yeah, that's exactly what I was doing."

She knows her life was spared, and looking back, she hopes her words will help spare someone else's life in the future.

"If I heard anybody say they were going to try to go car surfing, I would just remind them that the worst thing that could happen is a lot worse than you thought."

The Centers for Disease Control conducted a study from 1990 to 2008 and found nearly 100 car-surfing incidents.

A majority of those ended in death and most of them involved teenaged males.

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