North Walsham mother-of-two battles back from sledging accident to tackle five-mile charity run

Kathryn Alexander thanking the crew who helped her after the sledge accident. Picture: submitted

Kathryn Alexander thanking the crew who helped her after the sledge accident. Picture: submitted - Credit: Archant

Two years after a North Walsham mother-of-two fractured a vertebra in a sledging accident, she has battled back to tackle a cross-country challenge.

Kathryn Alexander is tackling a cross-country challenge after recovering from a sledging accident. P

Kathryn Alexander is tackling a cross-country challenge after recovering from a sledging accident. Picture: submitted - Credit: Archant

Mrs Alexander, 41, was sledging with her family on January 19, 2013 at Mundesley Golf Club when she hit an unexpected bump and flew off her sledge.

Her nine-year-old son Thomas, who was on the sledge with her, was uninjured, but Mrs Alexander realised something was wrong when she felt pins and needles in her leg and did not have the energy to move.

'I held on to my son but I couldn't stop my landing,' she said.

The East Anglian Air Ambulance was called to attend the accident and Mrs Alexander, of Kingsway, was airlifted to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital where X-rays showed she had a three-way fracture to a vertebra in her mid back.


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But just 10 days later, after an operation to put four pins and two metal rods into the broken vertebra Mrs Alexander was able to leave hospital and return home to her family.

Since the accident Mrs Alexander, who works part-time at a school, has made a full recovery, and has decided to complete a five-mile run in February.

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She said: 'I feel incredibly fortunate to be able to get on with my life as normal and take care of my family.

'I am very grateful to all concerned for the excellent care and support I received.'

And on the one-year anniversary of the accident, Mrs Alexander went with her mother and children to thank the ambulance crew who took her to hospital

'It was nice to see the crew, without them it would have been much worse. Every Christmas now I make a donation to the air ambulance to pay towards the £2,200 it costs each trip,' she said.

Have you battled to overcome an accident? If you would like to share your story email sabah.meddings@archant.co.uk

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