Survivor of deadly motorcycle crash speaks exclusively to WOWT

LINCOLN, Neb. (WOWT) -- Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals in Lincoln is Rachel Macchietto's new home. It'll be that way for a while.

"I'm trying as hard as I can to become positive - to be optimistic," Rachel said.

But it hasn't been easy for Rachel. She's in a lot of pain.

Just two weeks ago, a motorcycle accident at 78th and Dodge, claimed the life of her boyfriend, Jed Workman, and left her in critical condition.

Among a number of injuries, she broke her pelvis in several places, and now, has screws in her waist, giving her mid-section stability. She admits that she oftentimes becomes frustrated by her lack of mobility.

"And I become very, very insecure and very tired, too, at times. Just even lifting my hand or my leg, up, will put me out of breath, which I'm not used to at all."

But to have a second chance at life? Every arm lift, every push up, even sitting up for an extended period of time - it's all worth it, according to Rachel.

According to her parents, it's a miracle.

Amy Gordon O'Connor, Rachel's mother, said, "It makes me tear up and cry, I mean, literally, because she's a miracle. I mean, she literally is our miracle warrior. We didn't think she would live through this, and to see this incredible progress that she's made in less than two weeks - it truly is a gift."

Rachel has about 6 months of rehab ahead of her. She'll likely be out of work for about a year, but she does have a Go-Fund-Me page set up, with a $30,000 goal.

If you'd like to help her out on her journey toward recovery, donate at to her GoFundMe page.