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Woman trapped in submerged SUV returns home

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Nancy Breberg was trapped for 18 hours in her partially submerged SUV in freezing temperatures. After a remarkable tale of survival, she is finally back home.

It has been a very long and agonizing two months for Nancy her husband Ron.

"It seems like 24 weeks ago, but when you look back, I have come a long way," Nancy said.

"I told someone before, ‘I know what it feels like to win the lottery because I won it,'" Ron said. "I got my wife back."

Doctors initially thought Breberg had just hours to live after being trapped overnight in her partially submerged SUV.

The temperatures in mid January were freezing, and the 67-year old diabetic had a history of heart trouble and no access to any food or drink.

"My cell phone fell in the water. So didn't have a phone. Car was dead. Couldn't honk horn or blink lights or anything," Nancy said.

With her feet dangling in the icy water, Nancy would spend 18 hours in her vehicle.

Thankfully, Geoffrey Racette, a 20-year old heading home on his bike spotted the overturned vehicle.

He rushed over to help Nancy, providing her a snack of Chex Mix and calling 911.

Nancy told FOX 9 she thought daylight was approaching and hoped someone would see her.

"Then Geoff showed up and asked, ‘Are you ok?' I said, ‘Yeah, just get me out of here,'" Nancy said.

Nancy was suffering from frostbite on her toes. Complications with her kidneys, lungs, and other organs forced doctors to put her in a medically induced coma that led to some temporary brain damage. Nine weeks later, she returned home and back to her old self.

Upon her homecoming, her lifesaver Geoffrey was there to greet her with a big banner and a gift of Chex Mix and hand warmers.

The Brebergs were so grateful for Geoffrey's action, they plan to fund a scholarship so he can continue with his education.

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