Gorleston woman reunited with surgeon who helped her walk again

Betty Taylor with surgeon John Nolan. Photo: NNUH

Betty Taylor with surgeon John Nolan. Photo: NNUH - Credit: NNUH

A Norfolk woman has been reunited with a surgeon who helped her walk again - 20 years after being involved in a crash.

Betty Taylor, from Gorleston, suffered multiple injuries to her legs, hip and pelvis in a road traffic collision on the A47 Acle Straight on November 30, 1998.

She was reunited this week with one of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) surgeons who helped her walk again.

John Nolan, consultant surgeon, said: 'Betty's injuries were so severe that we warned her that she may never walk again. However, she was determined to get back on her feet and we are very grateful for the support she has given to the orthopaedic department at NNUH over the years.'

Mrs Taylor spent 10 weeks in hospital following the collision and after a number of surgeries and a long recovery process, she was able to walk again.


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She has gone on to raise more than £20,000 for orthopaedic research and the department through an annual 1960s night at the Kingfisher Club in Burgh Castle and from sponsored walks.

Mrs Taylor was presented with a cake by the orthopaedic team and she said: 'The surgeons were brilliant and the team at NNUH have been fantastic. I can't thank them enough.'

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