A doctor who helped save a Yaxley woman’s life following a horrific car crash was greeted with a hug after they met for the first time in 15 years.
Retired GP Dr Nick Jackson did not think Rebekah Cheshire would survive after a car driven by her mother spun into a 10-foot ditch just five days before Christmas in 1994.
However, Magpas Helimedix volunteer Dr Jackson and colleague Dr Andrew Knights helped keep the then two-year-old alive despite her twice appearing to stop breathing.
And remarkably Rebekah, who suffered two brain hemorrhages, sight damage and three broken bones in her left leg as a result of the accident, is now preparing for a 5km run at Stanwick Lakes, Northamptonshire.
Although her conditions have improved and she is much more independent, Dr Jackson said the thought of her taking on the run leaves him with goosebumps after fearing she would be in a vegetative state for the rest of her life.
Dr Jackson (62) from St. Pegas Road, Peakirk, does not believe he has a seen a child survive with worse injuries, so he was thrilled to see Rebekah, from Yaxley, and mum Louise Cheshire at the Magpas Helimedix Operations Base in Wyton, Huntingdon on May 20.
He said: “We recognised each other straight away. I was just so pleased that she was doing well in life. It made all my training worthwhile.
“We all expected her to be completely disabled for the rest of her life, but she’s proved us all wrong.
“It was lovely to see her again. She’s got such drive to do this run and the raise the money for Magpas. She’s remarkable.”
Rebekah is asking more people to sign up to sporting events wherever they are and raise funds for Magpas for a campaign called ‘Run with Rebekah.’
Mum Louise, from St Giles Close, Holme, said: “It’s difficult to reconcile what you see here with how Rebekah was all those years ago.
“She was so ill and we were expecting to lose her. But Rebekah’s attitude and positivity is amazing, she is really keen to do something for Magpas Helimedix, hence the campaign Run with Rebekah.”
The money is important as Magpas require £25,000 for each heart and vital organs monitor, and it costs on average £600 for the cost of fuel to fly one emergency medical mission.
Rebekah, Louise and Dr Jackson were joined by Magpas paramedic Chris Hawkins and doctors Simon Lewis and Nick Scott for the reunion.
Asked if she’s looking forward to the run, 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!”
To sponsor Rebekah, visit: https://www.justgiving.com/Rebekah-Cheshire/