Jacqui McDaniel Pierce Survival Story

At 17, Jacqui Pierce was taking a joyride on a moped. As she rounded a curb, she lost control and hit a tree.

"The impact was so hard that my face detached from my skull," says Pierce, now 26. "I broke every bone in my face. They couldn't find eye sockets. My eye sockets had powdered."

On Pierce's 11th day in the hospital, her father made the decision to stop life support. Three days later, Jacqui came out of her coma. Today, her skull is made of titanium plates and screws, and she can't open or close her left hand.

A few years ago, Pierce joined her sister at CrossFit Rutherford in Tennessee. Today, she's snatching and cleaning and jerking with one arm, and she's jumping on 20-inch boxes.

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