"I didn"t think I was going to live": How Miss Alabama survived near-fatal car accident to compete in Miss USA pageant

"I didn"t think I was going to live": How Miss Alabama survived near-fatal car accident to compete in Miss USA pageant

“I didn”t think I was going to live”: How Miss Alabama survived near-fatal car accident to compete in Miss USA pageant

11:55 PM on 16th June 2011

Fighting form: Madeline Mitchell survived horrific injuries after a car crash in 2008 to become Miss Alabama

Fighting form: Madeline Mitchell survived horrific injuries after a car crash in 2008 to become Miss Alabama, and is now competing for Miss USA

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Near-fatal: The beauty queen, now 22, was in a coma for 12 days following the accident

Near-fatal: The beauty queen, now 22, was in a coma for 12 days following the accident

Slow recovery: Miss Mitchell

Slow recovery: Miss Mitchell”s leg was broken in 12 places – injuries so bad that she had to learn to walk again

Against all odds: Miss Mitchell was told she would not be able to compete in pageants due to her many scars Against all odds: Miss Mitchell was told she would not be able to compete in pageants due to her many scars

Against all odds: Miss Mitchell was told she would not be able to compete in pageants due to her many scars

Bedside vigil: The Miss USA hopeful

Bedside vigil: The Miss USA hopeful”s parents, John and Suzanne Mitchell, say they still get emotional talking about the days following their daughter”s accident three years ago

Success: Miss Mitchell was thrilled when she was finally crowned Miss Alabama last year

Success: Miss Mitchell was thrilled when she was finally crowned Miss Alabama last year

Achievements: The beauty queen, pictured in Las Vegas this week with Miss Washington, says she simply wants to do her best in the Miss USA pageant finale on Sunday

Achievements: The beauty queen, pictured in Las Vegas this week with Miss Washington, says she simply wants to do her best in the Miss USA pageant finale on Sunday