Paramedics thought girl was decapitated after horror smash
A student has made a miraculous recovery after she was so badly injured ina car crash that paramedics thought she had been DECAPITATED.
Bekkie Payne, from Wombourne, Staffs, is still on morphine 18 months on from the horror smash which put her in hospital for seven weeks.
Bekkie, 23, was driving round a roundabout when her car clipped the kerb, sending her Fiat Punto crashing through a wooden fence into a ditch where it then set on fire.
A fence panel severed her neck after coming through the windscreen and was just millimetres from a vital artery, with paramedics worrying she had been decapitated.
The life-changing accident also left the criminology student with a brain injury, a paralysed left arm, a fractured collarbone, a chipped spine and heavy bruising to her face.
Bekkie, who has just completed her Masters at Birmingham City University, said: “Nobody knows how I am still here – I am very lucky to be alive.
“A fence panel came straight through my windscreen and cut through the left-hand side of my neck.
“I landed in a really awkward place and hardly anyone goes down Bridgnorth Road.
“After the car set alight, I was so fortunate two men happened to be driving past.
“One called the emergency services and the other got buckets of water to put the fire out.
“An off-duty nurse also happened to be passing by and they are just some of the people I owe my life to.”
The crash, which happened on March 1 2015, put Bekkie in intensive care for two weeks and she spent a total of seven weeks split between Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Russells Hall Hospital.
She was put in an induced coma for 48 hours and 18 months on, Bekkie is still on morphine to ease the pain and has regular hospital check ups.
The blonde also had to undergo a 14 hour nerve transplant after suffering a brachial plexus injury, damaging the nerves that connect her spinal chord to her left arm.
She said: “Nerves grow extremely slowly and I am only now starting to see movement at the top of my arm.
“Because I had been bed-ridden for so long I had to learn to walk again, I couldn’t even stand.”
Bekkie was just 21 at the time of the crash, which massively impacted on her social life.
She said: “I went from driving and going out a lot to nothing.
“I couldn’t move, I had to do everything one-handed.
“Even little things like trying to tie my hair up with a bobble were impossible.
“I also had this horrible scar on my neck from where the panel went through and people would always stare at me.
“It’s getting better now and I can do most things myself but it’s been hard.”
Brave Bekkie is now competing in the Great Birmingham Run on October 16 to raise money for the QE Hospital and the Trauma Brachial Plexus Injury Group.
When Bekkie first started training, she could only manage one MINUTE on an exercise bike before she had to stop.
She has to run with her arm in a sling, but she is determined to complete the gruelling 13 mile run.
She said: “Training has been very, very hard.
“When I first started I could only manage a minute at a time.
“The run is all I’m focusing on at the minute, then I’m going to concentrate on my arm rehab.
“I’m hoping to book a driving assessment soon so I can get back behind the wheel, I miss my independence.”
Bekkie’s mum, Jackie Wilkes, said: “The surgeon took nerves from the backs of her legs, half a nerve from the good side of her neck and from behind her breastbone and transplanted them into her arm.
“She can’t feel her fingers or her arm but the physio said activity can spark a response from the nerves.”
Jackie, 50, added: “This is nothing short of a miracle.
“This is why she is doing the run to raise money for everyone who helped her recovery.”