11 months ago, Nikki Faux's life changed forever.
It was the night the 28-year-old says she got into a car with a drunk friend. That friend hit a power pole. After the crash, Faux told her friend she couldn't feel her legs. But instead of calling for help, the friend called her husband.
"He moved me from her car to his car and then they took me back to their house and left me in the car all night. Like eight hours," Faux remembers.
For eight hours, Faux sat in the back of that car, unable to move. The next morning Faux's fiance was called to come get her.
"She was freezing cold," Faux's fiance, Derrick Nestvedt said. "She was wearing a black sweatshirt that had spit up and blood on it. The only thing that kept her from dying was that she stayed up. She didn't fall over."
28-year-old Jessica Rice is charged with felony serious injury by vehicle and misdemeanor leaving the scene of an accident. She is free on bond. But Faux is a prisoner in her own body. The accident left her quadriplegic.
"I don't even have a life. (I) go to therapy and go to doctors appointments and hang out here."
Worst of all, Faux can't play with her 2-year-old daughter Mackenah. "I really can't hold her. And if she wants to sit with me I have to buckle her in. I still can't hold her," Faux said.
So the family is asking for your help. Not to pay the more than $1 million in medical bills that they face, but to buy a wheelchair van. That would allow Faux to get to therapy and doctors appointments, but also allow them to feel more like a family again.
"I'd be able to go to the grocery store, I'd be able to go do stuff with them as a family," Faux said, talking about her daughter. "She can't just sit in the house all the time. She's two years old. She should be able to go out and go place and they really can't because of me."
Handicapped accessible vans generally cost about $30,000 or more, and with Derrick taking care of Nikki full time, it's money they just don't have.
There will also be a fundraiser for her at Forte's Banquet & Conference Center in Des Moines on Nov. 15 from 1-7 p.m.