SD card died in Moto X Pure, combined with system, any way to get the pictures off?

The SD card in my wife's Moto X Pure died this morning (phone is saying there is no card connected). When we first put the card in we picked the option that had the phone simply use the card as additional memory in the phone, rather than keeping the card as a separate entity where you would need to drag files. She thought that google was backing up all of her photos (including almost all of our baby photos), but when we went to recover them nothing had been backed up since we got the phone erasing 95% of the baby photos

I tried to simply take the card out and put it back in, but that didn't get me anywhere. I did a recovery on the card using disk digger and it found two very small DST files titled "Sector 420728" and "Sector 39189795," but neither one of them could be opened. The phone says that it is saving the data of the card (and keeps asking me to reinsert it), and she only had a few hundred pictures on the phone, not nearly enough to fill it up the space on the phone, so my guess is that the pictures are still on the phone but it can't access them.

I have thought about trying to copy the DST files over to another SD card and inserting that seeing if it gives the correct pathing to find the photos, but I don't know how to format it correctly originally and even if I did, if that will do more harm then good.

Anyone have any idea how to recover the pictures?

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