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Elderly woman fights for her life after being run over by SUV

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MESA, Ariz. -

We first showed you the dramatic video of a sport utility vehicle crashing into a JoAnn Fabrics store in Mesa near Recker and Main back on May 21st.

Two people were trapped underneath the SUV.  One of the victims is an 89-year-old woman who continues to fight for her life.

For Margaret Hodgin, it seemed like normal day. She walked the dogs, took care landscaping, but that day, a stop at JoAnn Fabrics for a spool of thread changed her life.

"I heard a huge crash and went in and started yelling for her," said Hodgin's daughter, Sheri Ohland.

The surveillance video showed the SUV slamming into the store --  running over Margaret.

"I look down and saw my mom's foot under the vehicle," said Sheri.

Margaret was rushed to a hospital. She coded three times and had a broken pelvis, ankle, collar bone, and massive head injuries. But she kept fighting, despite do not resuscitate instructions in her will.

"They took the vent out and mom was able to breathe by herself. They took the tubes out and mom survived that -- everything that most 89-year-olds would not have been able to survive, mom did," Sheri explained.

Now in a rehab center, Margaret forgives the 78-year-old driver who hit her after mistaking the gas pedal for the brake.

"There should be a written test and a driver's test just to safeguard," said Sheri.

Margaret will spend 100 days in rehab. If she survives, her family would love to bring her home. But they're not sure they can afford at home care. If they can't, Margaret will be forced to live in a hospice center.

"Anyone that her life has touched loved my mom.  She is the most God fearing, caring woman there is and we need this chance to get her home," said Sheri. "Mom's a fighter and I'm hoping she doesn't give up."

An account has been set up for Margaret Hodgin at Wells Fargo Bank.  At any branch, just ask to donate in her name.

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