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Miracle Trowbridge mum takes first steps to recovery
10:20am Saturday 31st August 2013 in Trowbridge
Remarkable new mum Gemma Holmes, badly hurt in a road accident last year, is making new steps in her recovery following the birth of baby Rueben.
Miss Holmes, of Hilperton, was left with severe head and neck injuries and using a wheelchair after her motor scooter collided with a parked car on the A350 at Chalford, near Westbury, last September.
It was only while she was being treated by doctors for her injuries in hospital that she found out she was pregnant and she gave birth to Rueben at the Royal United Hospital in Bath on May 2.
The 26-year-old former care worker, who spoke about the experience on ITV’s This Morning show last Friday, has had extensive physiotherapy since the crash and is now able to stand for short spells.
Miss Holmes said: “I can stand up for small periods of time at the moment and it’s nice to be able to help out more with Rueben, as my mum has been absolutely great since the birth.”
Doctors were unable to carry out a major operation on Miss Holmes’s back because of her pregnancy.
She is now awaiting an MRI scan to see if her spinal cord is back in the right position for the operation.
She added: “I’m hoping to have my MRI scan soon and then the doctors are looking at operating a couple months after that. Hopefully, I will then be able to run around with Rueben.”
She added: “It was an amazing experience to appear on This Morning and everybody was really lovely.
“They did my hair and make-up beforehand.
“I’m keeping all the interviews and magazines we have been in for Rueben for when he gets older, as I thought it would be great to have a scrapbook for him to look back on.”
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