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FORT WORTH (CBS 11 NEWS) – It’s been more than five years since a drunk driver nearly killed Jackie Murphree on a section of 380 less than a mile from her home in Decatur.

It left her unable to speak. And, no one knows how much she really understands.

They do know this. Jackie Murphree loves marathons.

Her physical therapist, Tammy Fanning, said, “I, 100-percent, know that she knows what’s going on. And, I think she enjoys it. I know she does.”

It was her therapists, at the Fit-n-Wise Center, in Decatur, who started pushing her forward in rehab and in marathons not too long after the crash.

They noticed Jackie responded to the crowds.

“They’re cheering for her and they’re saying, ‘Go Jackie!’ And, ‘We love you Jackie!’ And, she makes noises. You know that she loves it, Fanning said.

Her father, Pat Murphree, who’s taken over her care said, “It’s humbling for us. And, it helps us know there are people out there who want her to do better in life as much as we do.

(credit: Brian Luenser)

(credit: Brian Luenser)

Brian Luenser, an amateur photographer, captured Jackie and her team at the Cowtown Marathon Sunday and posted the picture on Facebook.

When I first looked at her, I thought, “Wow. She’s like a beauty. She’s, like, looking up to the sky. I couldn’t figure out why she was being pushed.”

It wasn’t until he researched that he found out her story.

Tammy Fanning said, “We do this to share her story and if one person can be touched by this, then it’s worth it.”

“And I think he made the comment on his Facebook post that ‘Jackie is an angel and everyone pushing her is her wings.’ And, that’s so true,” she added with a smile.

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