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‘Devastated’ family heartbroken as mum told she will not walk again after crash

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The family of a young mum have been left “devastated” after she was told she will not be able to walk again in the wake of a serious car accident.

Kirsty Probert, 22, from Wales, was involved in a collision in the early hours of August 29, on the A465 in Hereford.

She suffered a broken neck and was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, Wales Online reports.

The 22-year-old has been left paralysed from her chest down and has no movement in her right arm or either of her hands.

Her mother, Carol Jones, has set up a fundraising page in an attempt to raise as much money as possible to help her daughter recover as best she can.

Carol, along with Kirsty’s father, Nigel Probert, told of their panic when they heard about the crash and said the family, including Kirsty’s three-year-old daughter Alessia, “cannot come to terms with what has happened”.

“Gwent Police knocked on our door at 8:05am on August 29 saying West Mercia Police had contacted them to come to tell us that Kirsty had been involved in an accident,” Carol said.

“I was in tears. I was just thinking: ‘Oh my God, not my Kirsty’. It took us until 10:20am to find out that Kirsty had been taken to the Queen Elizabeth due to the seriousness of her injuries.

Carol said doctors told them on the day of the incident that Kirsty would not walk again.

She added: “She is still there now. She has broken her neck and had to have an emergency operation with two discs removed from the front of her neck and a plate put in.

“At the back of her neck she has had a bone removed and a cage fitted. She has spinal cord damage in her neck and halfway down her back.

“She has now got a tracheotomy fitted to help her breathing."

On the day of the crash Kirsty had been travelling as a passenger on a trip back to Abergavenny from Hereford.

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“She is absolutely devastated, particularly because she has a little girl,” Carol said.

“We cannot come to terms with what has happened to our daughter and we have been left devastated for her.

“Due to the Covid restrictions in place we can only see her for one hour a week. We have only just seen her on Saturday (September 11) for a third time since the day of the collision. It’s heartbreaking.”

Carol thanked her community in Abergavenny and further afield for their support so far, adding that it is “very much appreciated at such a tragic time in our lives”.

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