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Mom thanks those who saved her, newborn daughter

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The mangled vehicle was a horrifying sight on the side of Interstate 35.

And a state trooper didn't think Nikki McClure would make it.

But she and her baby are alive today, thanks to first responders and a Good Samaritan who held her hand and talked to her.

McClure on Monday thanked those who worked so hard to save her life. McClure is still recovering after nearly dying in the February crash. Her daughter, Emily, is thriving, according to the Kansas City Star, KCTV5's reporting partner.

"Words can't express how I feel," said Clarence Williams, who was driving behind McClure and rushed to her aid after the wreck occurred. "I'm just so happy."

McClure was driving north on I-35 in February when she rear-ended a semi. Her car ran off the highway. She was also pregnant.

Johnson County MED-ACT paramedics got the chance to meet both the woman they helped save and her newborn baby. Their family also met the dozen or so first responders who rushed to the side of the unconscious woman who was about eight months pregnant. Doctors delivered her daughter in the hours after the crash.

Paramedic Mike Buckhouse was one of the first to the scene. He said he was focused on the task at hand.

"Keep mom alive, keep baby alive," Buckhouse said.

Williams has been haunted by watching the hood of McClure's car peeled away after sliding underneath the semi.

"The top of the car flipped up, and debris went everywhere," Williams said.

He raced to her side.

"I placed my hand in hers and just said, 'Stay with me. Help is on the way. You're gonna make it,'" she said.

Some doubted it, but McClure fought through.

McClure expressed her gratitude to Williams, paramedics, doctors, nurses and others who made it possible for her to hold her daughter and be with her family. She proudly introduced her daughter to them during a pancake breakfast at Overland Park Regional Medical Center.

"She's here to see you," she said.

Buckhouse beamed.

"It's great to see her alive," he said.

To read more of the Star's story about Williams on that fateful winter day, click here.

To read previous coverage, click here and here.

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