Crash victim Donna Sleight, 11, makes amazing recovery
MEET Donna Sleight – the plucky 11-year-old who has defied doctors with her "amazing" recovery just days after cycling into the path of an oncoming car.
Doctors gave the brave youngster just a 10 per cent chance of survival after she accidentally cycled out into the street without looking and collided with a silver Volkswagon Passat, as reported.
But despite doctors telling her distraught family to "prepare for the worst", just 48 hours later, Donna – who had suffered serious head injuries – was taken off life support and is now on her way to a remarkable recovery.
The youngster said: "I feel so lucky to be here and it makes me feel so happy to know that everyone has been thinking of me. I know I have got some good friends.
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"Now I am just trying my best to get better. I will not give up."
As reported, the accident happened on Monday, as the future Cordeaux Secondary School pupil was playing with a family member in Swinhope Road, Brookenby.
She was rushed to Grimsby's Diana, Princess Of Wales Hospital and later transferred to Sheffield Children's Hospital where she was put into an induced coma and onto a ventilator.
So bleak was the outlook that St Michael's and All Angels' Church opened their doors for villagers to pray for Donna to make a full recovery.
And it worked, as within two days she has been taken off life support and transferred back to Grimsby where she remains under observation by the nurses and doctors.
She still has slight swelling to the brain but it is no longer at a critical level and it is hoped this will go down completely in a few days.
Now she is working hard to impress the doctors so she can go home for some well-deserved pampering from big sister Abigail Binns, 23, and her partner, Michael Chambers, who she lives with.
Described by mum Michelle as a "fighter", her family spoke of their relief at how well she is doing.
Michelle said: "She is doing astonishingly well. We did not expect this but it is typical of Donna. She has always been very fiesty and she doesn't give up easily. I am extremely proud of her.
"On Tuesday we did not know if she would survive. There was real concern we were going to lose her. We were in bits. To see her making such an amazing recovery is complete relief. She is a fighter."
Swinhope Road has a 60 miles per hour speed limit and in the past residents have tried to get it reduced it to 30mph – a campaign soon to be resurrected.
The risk of death is approximately four times higher when a pedestrian is hit at 40mph than at 30mph.
But Donna accepts that the accident happened because she did not look properly and has warned other children to "always look when crossing the road", adding: "You might not expect it to happen because it is a quiet road in a quiet village, but it happened to me."
Donna and her family also thanked the paramedics, nurses and doctors who helped – and continue to help – her.
Abigail added: "We are just so relieved she is OK. I will never forget being taken into a separate room and being told to prepare for the worst. We have all been in pieces but now, amazingly, she is going to be OK.
"The paramedics were excellent and so were everyone in Sheffield and Grimsby hospitals. We could not have asked for more. They have done everything for her."