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Athens State senior who recovered from coma competes in pageant

ATHENS — Amanda McBay has gone from relearning life skills to competing in pageants and completing a college degree.

McBay, an Athens State University senior, was in a near fatal automobile accident 17 years ago that caused neurological trauma. The injury erased her memory and eradicated her ability to walk.

She was in a coma for three months.

McBay had to relearn motor skills and how to live life confined to a wheelchair.

Plans to graduate

She persevered and plans to graduate in May with a liberal studies degree. In 2002, McBay won the Ms. Wheelchair America state competition. She participated again this year in the Alabama preliminary.

Brain injury awareness

Her 2002 essay to pageant officials regarded her personal perspective of the 9-11 terrorist attacks.

This year, McBay’s platform was brain injury awareness.

The Ms. Wheelchair America Program provides an opportunity for women who utilize wheelchairs to successfully advocate for individuals with disabilities.

Judges look at pageant contestants’ accomplishments, self-perception, personal interviews, platform presentation and on-stage interviews.

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