(USA TODAY) -- Kristin Hopkins made headlines after spending nearly a week trapped in her wrecked car without food or water. The accident caused the single mother of four to have both legs amputated from the shins down.
But throughout these challenging weeks, Hopkins' strength and determination have her one step closer to walking again.
"You have to be optimistic. You have to be positive. You have to roll with the punches," she says with a smile.
Hopkins left the hospital and entered a rehab facility to work on getting herself in and out of a wheelchair. Watch the video above to see how she is already proving her independence in her new location.
"My philosophy in the hospital was: I don't need help. Please don't help me. Don't touch my chair. Don't touch my slide board. I need to do this," Hopkins said.
Therapists hope to fit Hopkins with prosthetic legs once the swelling goes down from the amputation surgery. They say it could take six weeks, but seeing how Hopkins has tackled her recovery so far, she could be walking again much sooner than that.
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