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CO woman who spent week trapped in crashed car eager to take first steps

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Kristin Hopkins had to have her feet amputated after the crash. (Source: KUSA/CNN) Kristin Hopkins had to have her feet amputated after the crash. (Source: KUSA/CNN)

HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO (KUSA/CNN) - A woman who spent nearly a week trapped inside her wrecked car after a near-fatal crash was getting closer to returning to her normal life.

Kristin Hopkins had to have her feet amputated after the accident eight weeks ago.

She got most of her prosthetics on Friday, though one of the feet didn't arrive.

There are some things for which people can never prepare, even when given weeks.

"Yesterday afternoon, I was bawling my eyes out just with the anticipation," Hopkins said. "So today, I'm calm."

Hopkins knows this is her new beginning as a double amputee - her chance to stand tall again.

As a mom, she's seen four sets of first steps. Now it's her turn.

"(I) never thought of it that way. But my mom asked me, ‘Do you want your kids there?' I said no. It's going to be too emotional for me, and they don't need to see that."

The second prosthetic isn't ready. But Hopkins is patient. She waited nearly a week for someone to find her in her crashed car. She can wait a little longer to walk again.

"(I'm) frustrated, you know. But what can you do?" Hopkins said. "This was a week earlier than we thought it was going to be, so you know ... it happens."

Hopkins is also hopeful she'll be home in a week or two.

One of her goals is to walk on the cross country course where her son runs.

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