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Mother meets rescue workers who helped save her and unborn baby

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Doctors and rescue workers who helped save the life of a baby, met the child Tuesday for the first time.

It's taken her more than a year to walk again, but she finally got to thank her rescuers, and they got to meet her daughter, 9 pound Nahla, for the first time.

24-year-old Kayla King says she can't remember any of the doctors or EMS workers who saved both her and her baby's life, but she is thankful for their efforts.

The University of Central Missouri student says she was driving to work on I-435 last year, when a tractor-trailer hit her car and pushed her into oncoming traffic. Then another tractor-trailer hit her.

The crash left King, who was 34 weeks pregnant at the time, trapped under the dashboard of the car.

At the time she says she had only one thought on her mind.

"It was right in my stomach because I was pregnant at the time, and I don't remember the events that happened in between," King said. "But I remember a man came, and he was holding my head and I was going in and out and I said, 'I'm pregnant, I'm pregnant, my baby my baby.' That's all I was worried about at the time."

Rescue workers freed King from the wreckage and rushed her to Overland Park Regional Medical Center, where she had an emergency C-section. King suffered a broken foot and pelvic bone in the crash.

Thanks to the collaborative work of EMS responders and doctors and nurses at the hospital more lives are being saved, and people such as King say they will be forever thankful.