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Big homecoming for Greenville teen months after tragic accident

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Rachel and her dog, Charlie Rachel and her dog, Charlie

An injured Muhlenberg County teenager is finally back home with family and friends.

In May, 19-year-old Rachel Pentecost was trapped in a car for several hours after an accident. She lost her left leg, and after months in the hospital, Rachel had a big homecoming Wednesday in Greenville.

Pink invading downtown Greenville Wednesday as tons of people gathered. The governor wasn't coming to town, the mayor was not making a big announcement. It was all for the Greenville girl who beat all odds, and came home on Wednesday.

Rachel Pentecost has been through painful surgeries, and months in area hospitals. She battled, and she never gave up hope. Doctors say she shouldn't be alive.

"It's a small town. Our community is a great community to live in so when something like this happens, I think we all pull together," said Tiffany Tooley of My Friend's Place Restaurant.

13,000 Likes on her Facebook page, and millions of prayers later, Rachel was coming back home.

"You know coming up the hill here I saw a couple signs and I just teared up. It's just kind of a rejoicing now," Rachel's aunt and uncle Jimmy and Tracy Warner said.

"Every church in this county including mine has prayer for her repeatedly. She's lucky to be alive. She's one of God's miracle kids right now," Kentucky State Representative Brent Yonts said. 

Her family and friends told Rachel when she got home they would have a small get together, but they lied. It was much bigger.

"Probably knows something's going on, but not to this degree," Rachel's sister Rebecca Haley said. 

The same law enforcement and first responders that saved Rachel's life, also led her joyous caravan into Greenville Wednesday afternoon.

But who was one of the first people Rachel wanted to see, her dog, Charlie.  

"You know the last time that we saw her in a vehicle with the sirens and stuff going was at the scene of the accident. To be able to see this a couple months later, her come through and the community come out and having a celebration, it's so overwhelming," Rebecca said.

14 News will continue to keep you updated on Rachel's progress, but safe to say, this is a homecoming party she will never forget.  

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