Metro mom says kids keep her motivated to recover following brush with death on New Year’s

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- A metro mother of two is still recovering after she was left for dead after a New Year’s Day car accident. Jessica Grant, 25, was the passenger in a car that crashed. Police said the driver who left the scene is 35-year-old Jestin Waterhouse, who is charged with leaving the scene of an accident and assault.

“I just wouldn’t know what happened at all, so I have to remind myself that I have been in a car wreck,” said Grant, who has suffered memory loss since the accident.

Grant’s road to recovery has been a long one, but she said she still has a lot to be thankful for.

“My kids, my education and my family,” she told FOX 4.

The mother of two is spending three hours a day doing physical therapy. She said her children are her motivation to stay positive and recover. Grant has a two-year-old little girl and five-year-old little boy.

“I can’t wait to get back to them, getting back to them is what really keeps me going,” she said. “I am hoping when I am done I will be recovered enough to do stuff with them.”

Police said the accident happened around 2:45 a.m. on New Year’s Day on Independence Avenue. Surveillance video shows the car hitting a stop sign and clipping a telephone pole before finally hitting the side of a nearby business.

Grant’s uncle, David Grant, said the support of family, friends and complete strangers have kept Jessica strong.

“We want to definitely thank them because without them we would have fallen apart,” he said. “Just when you think the world doesn’t have any good people in it anymore, there is.”

Grant said his niece’s positive attitude has inspired him.

“The first time I saw her smile, I mean, like wow,” he said. “I would have already given up, she hasn’t given up.”

Grant is almost finished with her nursing degree. She told FOX 4 spending so much time in the hospital has her excited to be on the other side of things, helping others.

“I try to stay positive just so that I know that I will be okay and that everybody knows I am going to be okay so we can move on from here,” she said.

Waterhouse is due in court at 10 a.m. on Monday.

Grant’s family said they are putting together a fundraiser for her this April at the Number 9 Saloon Bar & Grill in Kansas City. They said they are waiting until April so Jessica can come out to the fundraiser. Money raised will go toward medical expenses for Jessica and help support her two young children. FOX 4 will update you with a date and time.

Family have also created a GoFundMe.com page to raise money for Jessica’s medical expenses.

The Grant Family will also be the beneficiary of an account at the Community Bank of Pleasant Hill:

Make checks payable to: Jan Blackburn

Address it to:

Community Bank of Pleasant Hill

P.O. Box 30

Pleasant Hill, MO 64080

-- Checks should include the name Jessica Grant in the memo space --