A paralysed mum who posted smiling selfies a day after being told she would never walk again has received more bad news – she won’t be home for Christmas.
Wheelchair-bound Amanda Newton, 44, lost sensation to the bottom half of her body in a horror bicycle accident four months ago that saw her smash into a street sign at speed – and be catapulted down a slope.
Now the tough mum, who never stopped smiling despite being told she may never walk again, has been hit with more bad news because she will not get to see her husband and four children on Christmas Day – because her hospital is too far away.
The mum-of-four was originally due to go home today (Weds) but X-rays revealed that an invasive surgery she had four months ago was unsuccessful so she had to go back under the knife.
Amanda, who is a patient at the Stoke Mandeville hospital in Buckinghamshire, is about two-and-a-half hours away by car from home where her family live in Yapton, West Sussex.
The selfless mum said: “Christmas has been a tricky one.
“I didn’t want to disrupt the children’s Christmas and felt it unfair expecting them to make a minimal 5 hour journey on Christmas Day to spend their time with me so we all decided that we’d celebrate our Christmas Day on Boxing Day.
“We have always had such beautiful magical Christmas days but we are still extremely lucky in comparison to a lot of people.
“I’m getting to spend Christmas Day with my mum and dad just me and them.
“Something I’ve not done in over 40 years so that will be really special too.”
She will celebrate Christmas the next day husband, Victor Worne and children Megan, 18, Jacob, 16, Amelia, 13, and 11-year-old Joseph the following day.
The fitness junkie was training for an Ironman triathlon when she had her accident.
Amanda approached a steep hill on a bike August 9, but half way down realised that her brakes weren’t functioning.
She free-wheeled down the road and hit a sign post and instantly knew she’d lost feeling in the bottom half of her body.
But the mum took to Facebook to calm frantic friends and family and even posted a smiling picture of herself smiling despite her traumatic and life-changing injury.
Amanda, who was riding down the hill at 50mph, said: “I didn’t anticipate there would be a double posted sign that I’d have to go between first and my left collar bone clipped it.
“At high speed this meant that my whole body ricocheted around the post. I landed in the thicket and straight away I knew I was in big trouble.”
But the only thing on Amanda’s mind was her friends and family and making sure they knew she was fine.
She said: “I kept worrying about all my friends and family and that they would all be wondering what had happened to me.
“The eve of the accident I just took as selfie of me with a big smile to show I was ok and wrote that I was fine but had crashed on my bike.”
She told her followers she’d now put all her energy into becoming an athlete from a bright pink wheelchair.
She said: “If I can create happiness and inspiration out of this accident then I will continue to post and the posting keeps me strong too.”
The mum has likened her recovery to a game of snakes and ladders.
She said: “Recently though I have encountered quite a big set back – like reaching 99 in a game of snakes and ladders and landing on the snakes head taking me back to number 10 again.”
Brave Amanda is now hoping to make it home before her birthday in February.