Brave Zara looks ahead to 2017

Festive wish for Zara Dyer, as she is back in her hometown of Lowestoft and meeting Santa on the Low

Festive wish for Zara Dyer, as she is back in her hometown of Lowestoft and meeting Santa on the Lowestoft Lions sleigh. Picture: IAN BROWN - Credit: Archant

A Lowestoft family has praised the 'amazing' generosity of 'so many people.'

Zara Dyer, back in her hometown of Lowestoft, as she uses her new stick(s) that enable her to walk a

Zara Dyer, back in her hometown of Lowestoft, as she uses her new stick(s) that enable her to walk a few steps. Picture: IAN BROWN - Credit: Archant

More than three-and-a-half months ago, Zara Dyer was fighting for her life in a US hospital after suffering serious brain injuries in a car crash near to her home in Grand Cayman.

But now, after a family campaign to raise the money needed to bring her back to her hometown of Lowestoft, the 30-year-old is 'looking forward' to the future. And for the first time in 'years,' Miss Dyer will be back in Lowestoft for Christmas – with her parents Peter and Judith Dyer, partner Ian Brown, and her brother and sister.

It has been a traumatic time for the Dyer family, after Zara suffered a seizure while driving and crashed into a wall on the Cayman Islands on September 3. With serious brain trauma injuries along with a fractured neck, shoulder and various other injuries, Miss Dyer spent a month receiving treatment in a Miami Hospital with her parents and boyfriend by her side, before she could return home.

Since returning to Lowestoft her rehabilitation has shown gradual improvements. Her father Peter Dyer said: 'It has been like watching Zara go through childhood again, watching her first steps, first words, seeing her learn to walk, eat and drink. Things we take for granted, such as sneezing, crying and forever smiling were amazing to see again.

Zara Dyer is back home in Lowestoft. With her partner Ian Brown and parents Peter and Judith Dyer. P

Zara Dyer is back home in Lowestoft. With her partner Ian Brown and parents Peter and Judith Dyer. Pictures: MICK HOWES - Credit: Archant


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'With the generous support of the community we have had a bathroom /wet room completed through Zara's rehabilitation fund to make it accessible for her.'

Zara has recently commenced NHS treatment with the Livability Icanho Christian Charity in Bungay - where they provide a specialised rehabilitation service for people with brain injuries. Mr Dyer added: 'Zara still can't see properly and both eyes have blurred vision so she still has to wear her eye patch. But her walking is improving and she has progressed from needing to use a frame to being able to use two Nordic poles – but she still can't balance or walk normally.

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'Zara has a problem with her brain transmitting properly to the rest of her body and has been to Norwich to have her pituitary gland investigated further.' He added: 'It has been years since Zara has been back in Lowestoft for Christmas so it was a relief to get her home even in these difficult circumstances. But she is looking forward to having a close family get together on Christmas Day with us, her boyfriend Ian and her brother and sister in Loddon.

'Zara is most grateful to everyone for their donations, support and best wishes – and is looking forward to 2017. There is still a long way to go with Zara's rehabilitation but we will be taking every day as it comes.'

? Donations can be paid at Barclays Bank to Zara's Rehabilitation Fund, or cheques payable to Zara's Rehabilitation Fund can be sent to 20 Avocet Close, Lowestoft, NR33 8PU.

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