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N.J. woman turns near-death experience into gift for others

At age 20, doctors gave Noelle McNeil a 97 percent chance of remaining in a semi-conscious state for the rest of her life.

McNeil was in a coma for 11 days in 2005 after a horse threw her from its back in a competition in Monroe.

The outlook on her recovery, doctors explained to her family at the time, was bleak.

She had less than a 3 percent chance of making a full turnaround.

McNeill, now 31, defied those odds.

“Based on where Noelle is today,” her father, Jim McNeil, said in a recent interview, “she’d be considered to be in the top 1 percent.”

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