A woman who overcame near-impossible odds after a car crash when she was three years-old is about to run 5K for the charity which saved her life.
Rebekah Cheshire had to re-learn virtually all the basic life skills – how to walk, talk, hear, sit, eat and see – after the horrific accident.
Her mother was driving her to nursery in 1994 when she lost control on an icy road and ploughed into a 10ft ditch.
Rebekah suffered two brain brain haemorrhages and had to be brought back to life twice in the ambulance on the way to hospital.
Doctors told her mum Louise Donaldson to say goodbye to her daughter as scans showed an almost impossible chance of survival.
And she was warned if Rebekah did make it there would be an 85 per cent chance she would need 24-hour care.
But Rebekah, now 23, made an incredible recovery and lives semi-independently in Peterborough, Cambs. close to her family.
She has been left with moderate learning difficulties but works part-time at a nursery and helps look after her sister Amelia, seven.
Twenty years on, she is well enough to take part in a 5K charity run which is raising money for Magpas Helimedix charity whose volunteers saved her life.
Rebekah said: “I feel nervous and excited. I don’t know how I’m going to do it but running or walking I’m going to make it to the end.
“The training’s going fine, no problems so far. Nothing’s bothering me and I’m enjoying it.
“I don’t think Magpas get enough attention and support and they need a lot of money to do what they do.”
Mum Louise, 45, a finance controller, says doctors took her to say goodbye to her daughter before she made a “miracle” recovery.
It took Rebekah two weeks to hear again, six weeks to speak and three months to take her first steps.
Louise, who suffered a broken collarbone and a head injury in the accident, said: “They took her into ICU to save her life but then they took me down to say goodbye to her.
“It still makes me upset now. A nurse was crying as she told our family what had happened and she told them she didn’t think she would make it.
“A doctor told me he’d never seen a person with a brain so damaged survive.”
“She took her first steps again on her third birthday in our living room. I can’t even describe how good it felt seeing her walk again.”
She added: “She’s so positive. I think she just accepts the life she has and doesn’t feel jealousy. It’s lovely what she is doing.”
Rebekah researched the crash and discovered a defibrillator which saved her life was paid for by donations to Magpas.
She has a personal trainer will take part in the run at Stanwick Lake, Northants., on June 14.
To donate go to http://www.justgiving.com/rebekah-cheshire