Argos teen severely injured in crash gets surprise welcome home

Argos, Ind. An Argos teen who was given a 10 percent chance to live in April was welcomed home from the hospital Wednesday night.

15-year-old Courtney DeMont and two of her friends were thrown from a Jeep in a crash just South of Argos in April.

Courtney suffered the most severe injuries and had to be transported to Memorial Hospital in South Bend by ambulance because the weather conditions prevented her from being airlifted.

"At the hospital, we were told she has a less than 10 percent chance of surviving the surgery," said Jennifer Mackey, a friend of Courtney's mother. "After the surgery, they said they were less than optimistic."

But, according to friends, Courtney's always been a fighter. Over the next ten weeks, she worked hard to beat the odds and recover.

On Wednesday, the small community threw a surprise homecoming to celebrate her remarkable recovery.

"We're such a small town, when something happens to three teens, it affects the whole town because everybody knows them," said Courtney's friend Kayla Hendricks.

Courtney was escorted downtown by police cars, fire engines and the very EMTs who drove her to Memorial the night of the crash.

Then, she got out of an ambulance and inspired everyone when she chose to walk the rest of the way, instead of being pushed in a wheelchair.

"I didn't expect anything less, not from Courtney," said Tammy Lineberry, whose daughter Mariah was also in the crash. "She's a fighter. She fought long and hard. And, i'm so proud of her."

Courtney was showered in hugs once she greeted the crowd. They released green and pink balloons -- Courtney's favorite colors -- into the air in her honor.

Now, Courtney will continue working toward recovery while living in the comfort of her own home. She says she's eternally grateful for the community's support, which kept her spirits high.

"I just want to say thank you to everybody for all the support for my family," she said. "It's amazing."

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