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SYSK: Amie Huber 20 years after tragic crash

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CORALVILLE (KWWL) -

Amie Huber is a published poet, she loves to watch HGTV and she's a book worm. Something else interesting about Amie, she's lucky to be alive.

"I'm Amie and I'm getting better," said three-year-old Amie Huber in March 1991.

Amie was in a car accident January 5, 1991.

"It was a Saturday morning. We, my mother Roxanne and I were on our way to visit her mother, my grandmother. We went to pass a snowplow, and he was throwing snow, kind of blinding. My mom went to pass and she didn't see the oncoming car," said Amie.

Roxanne Huber was eight months pregnant. She died at the scene. Amie suffered a spinal cord injury.

"I know from articles I've read I was in intensive care for about five weeks, I think," said Amie.

The now 23-year-old went through intense physical therapy, which she didn't always enjoy.

"I don't wanna. Don't wanna," said three-year-old Amie.

20 years later, Amie continues to make progress.

"I can feel everything head to toe. My muscles just don't work the way I want them to, so muscle strength is a big issue," said Amie Huber.

Amie left her hometown of Oelwein about five years ago, moving to Coralville.

Her home is owned by Systems Unlimited, which provides independent housing for people with disabilities.

Amie attends Kirkwood Community College, currently taking general studies.

"What I would like to do is something in interior design, but make it accessible for wheelchairs. I've been a lot of places they say is wheelchair accessible, but it's not," she said.

Amie doesn't mind sharing her experiences with people. She's even used her story for a few class projects in college.

But Amie said she's just living her life, preferring to blend in than to stand out. She hopes sharing her story helps others persevere and look on the bright side of life.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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