Student athlete works toward recovery after car accident

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HOUTSON, Texas (KBTX) -- For Michaela Gibson, progress is measured in steps. In the month since her accident, there have been a lot steps.

Gibson, a freshman and state champion volleyball player at Iola High School in Iola, Texas, was involved in a car accident on New Year's Day. The wreck left her with a broken neck, broken toe and a contusion on the brain.

Doctors said that there was a chance she would never walk again.

"Just getting that phone call that she had been in an accident, my world just came crashing down," said Paige Isbell, Gibson's older sister.

"My sister is my world, actually. We're best friends. It hit us pretty hard because she (Michaela) is a sports star, she's a state champion, she's a basketball player, a softball player, she runs track," Isbell said.

Seeing her sister go through such an ordeal may be tough, but few are as tough as Gibson herself.

"I'm a really tough person so I just try to push through everything that I can," Gibson said.

Getting home soon is the goal for Gibson, who is currently rehabbing at Health Bridge Children's Hospital in Houston. However, so is getting back on the volleyball court. After all, she has a state title to defend.

"Volleyball is my life," Gibson said. "All my friends play it, it's my family."

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