Teen lucky to be alive after collision with semi

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FAYETTE COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) -- In July, a Johnson County, Kentucky teen was severely injured when his car collided with a semi on the Mountain Parkway.

Now, James Couch, 17, is recovering at a rehabilitation facility in Lexington.

Couch said his memory of the accident is blurry.

"I remember before the accident," Couch said. "But nothing about that day or that night or anything."

His sister, Nikki Watts, clearly remembers the moment she found out her brother was injured.

"I woke up and my mom was like, 'Your brother has been in a bad car accident and he is in critical condition at UK,'" Watts said. "It was like one o'clock in the morning."

When Watts arrived at the hospital, doctors did not believe Couch would live.

"He wasn't stable," Watts said. "They didn't think he was going to make it."

Watts said after a couple of life-saving procedures, Couch was deemed stable. Now, he is recovering and getting better with each day.

Currently, he is working with a physical therapist to regain motion in his leg.

"I'm recovering pretty quickly and all my doctors said I'm recovering ahead of schedule," Couch said.

Couch shared the support of his family and friends has been unbelievable.

"I just want them to know I appreciate them supporting me and coming to see me," Couch said.

Watts said that doctors hope to send James home in the next two weeks. Then he will return to the classroom at Johnson Central High School to finish his senior year.

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