A disabled woman who was not expected to survive a horrific car crash is doing a sponsored run for the charity which saved her life.
Rebekah Cheshire (23) is raising money for Magpas Helimedix when she takes on a 5km run at Stanwick Lakes, Northamptonshire, in front of family and friends.
Rebekah was miraculously kept alive by two Magpas GPs five days before Christmas in 1994 after the car driven by her mother Louise Cheshire (then Donaldson) spun into a 10-foot ditch after an accident outside Thorney.
Rebekah, who was not even three at the time, twice appeared to stop breathing, but the doctors kept her alive as they rode by ambulance to Peterborough District Hospital.
Rebekah was then transferred to see neurologists at Addenbrooke’s Hospital before returning to Peterborough for two weeks of treatment.
Mum Louise (45), from St Giles Close, Holme, said: “They did not think she would survive, and if she did there was an 85 per cent chance she would stay in the vegetative state that she was in.”
However, Rebekah, who suffered two brain hemorrhages, sight damage and three broken bones in her left leg, is now much more independent having recovered some of her vision and improved her mobility, although she still suffers with learning and emotional difficulties.
Louise added: “She has confounded all expectations. She is as good as she could be.
“She decided she wanted to raise some money for charity. She’s very engaged in doing physical activity.
“Stanwick is one of her favourite places to go and the week before last she saw an advert for the run.
“I’m incredibly proud of her. It will be such an emotional moment for the family.”
Rebekah, from Yaxley, had to learn how to walk, talk and eat again after the accident and still relies on the help of carers.
She will run as much of the 5km race as she can and walk the rest.
Rebekah said: “I’m really excited to be taking part.”
Two-year-old Rebekah featured on the front-page of the then Peterborough Evening Telegraph on February 17, 1995.
An appeal had been put out for someone to play Santa as her family were planning a belated Christmas party for her.
To sponsor Rebekah’s run, visit: https://www.justgiving.com/Rebekah-Cheshire/.