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Woman, 19, battles brain injury, coma 2 months after accident

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A drive to a job interview at Chuck E. Cheese back in August changed Brittany's life forever. A drive to a job interview at Chuck E. Cheese back in August changed Brittany's life forever.
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When you look at pictures of 19-year-old Brittany Meredith you see the face of a vivacious and beautiful young woman ready to take on the world and all it has to offer.

A 2011 graduate of Hardaway High School in Columbus, Brittany was on the dance team, and a homecoming queen.

Mom, Shalina says she is as beautiful inside as out, "She volunteered at the Girls and Boys Club one year and then she went and worked there as a counselor...she loved sports and wanted to be a sports broadcaster, but she loved all kinds of sports - anything that had to do with sports. That was Brittany."

A drive to a job interview at Chuck E. Cheese back in August changed Brittany's life forever.

A horrendous car accident on the way in Carrollton, about 50 miles west of Atlanta - left Brittany with a severe brain injury and in the Neuro Intensive Care Unit at the Atlanta Medical Center.

Brittany and a friend were traveling along Highway GA-1 when a tire blew. As Brittany tried to maneuver the car out of the road she was hit from behind by a driver traveling at high rate of speed. The impact pushed the trunk of her car into the front seats causing the car's frame to strike Brittany in the head.

"She has left side brain injury and as the doctor said it's just a day by day process so right now we're not sure where it's going we're just constantly praying, going day by day but she's still in a comatose state," said Shalina, Brittany's mom.

Her mother is constantly by her side. In the 2 months since the accident, she's had to leave her accounting job in Columbus and split her time between her other 2 children to be with Brittany every day.

She talks to her, reads to her and tells her how much she's loved. ""I know she hears me, even though she's in a comatose state. I know she hears me.

When Brittany was airlifted to the Atlanta Medical Center back in August, doctors didn't think she would make it through the night.

Now 2 months later, she is breathing on her own and although she is still very sick, her family is hopeful and praying she will continue to recover.

"The power of God is still at work. We [are] constantly praying and we believe in miracles… our faith our Christianity is what's getting us through this," said Shalina.

Even some on the medical staff call Brittany's recovery - miraculous, but are quick to point out how unpredictable brain injuries can be.

"With neurological care she's gotten to a more stable environment and only time will tell what she will be like in the future."

For this mom that future is right now. No matter how much it may break her heart to see her daughter like this, she will never give up. "Each day that God allows me to have her with me is a blessing to me and motivates me even more to be active in her life to be an advocate for her and to help her to get better."

This weekend students and faculty at Hardaway High School are holding a musical benefit in honor of Brittany. It will be held at the school on Sunday, October 14 at 5:00 p.m. Tickets for the benefit are $10.

A fund was established to support Brittany and her family at Wells Fargo. You can visit any location to donate to this fund. For additional details about how you can help Brittany, click here.

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