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Teen's Remarkable Recovery After Horrific Crash

Updated: Wednesday, February 13 2013, 10:36 PM EST
SOMERSET -- A teenager who ran cross country has taken on a new challenge after his left leg was amputated following a horrific crash.

This weekend, 17 year old Zach Hanf will get to meet the first responders who helped save his life.

Hanf was severely injured last October when his SUV grazed a box truck on Ohio 13 south of I-70.

Doctors had to remove his left leg right above the knee.

Hanf doesn't see it as a setback in life.

"If anything it's kind of opened doors," said Hanf.

Hanf says it took him four days to learn how to walk again. 

But he's taken it a step further and is training to race using a wheelchair bike.

"Being an athlete gives you a certain sense of perseverance," said Hanf.

His mother says Hanf is a true inspiration.

"He teaches me what strength is every day it's a fact, I'm very proud," said Jennifer Soto, Hanf's mother.

This Saturday, Hanf's family will get to meet the firefighters, paramedics and medical helicopter crew who helped save his life.

They consider all of those involved heroes.

Hanf graduates high school in May and plans to go to med-school.

Reporter: Tara Morgan
Teen's Remarkable Recovery After Horrific Crash

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