18th Oct, 2017

Mother raises money for air ambulance after daughter hit by car

Coventry Editorial 13th Dec, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

HER eyelids were going, she lost consciousness, she did not recognise us – she was just staring.

Those were the words of Katie Wellborn as she recalled the awful moments after her beautiful four-year-old daughter had been hit by a car in August this year.

Jessica ran into the path of a car and suffered massive injuries – including a fractured leg and a serious head injury.

She suffered two serious bleeds to her brain as well as swelling and bruising and was flown to Birmingham Children’s Hospital from the scene.

Jess was in a coma – a serious coma and if she survived was facing a battle to walk or talk again.

But a few days later – and thanks to the amazing treatment of the Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance staff and the Children’s Hospital team – Jess woke from her coma.

Mum Katie said: “I asked her ‘do you know mummy is here?’ – she squeezed my hand, at that moment I was so relieved, I broke down.”

What followed was a month of learning to talk again, learning to walk again, learning to sit up, stand and swallow again.

But it was all worth it as she is now a fully recovered, fully healthy young girl.

And she is hoping her experience can inspire other people to help raise money for the Air Ambulance charity which saved her life.

Jess has been chosen to front the charity’s Christmas appeal.

Katie added: “It means the world that the air ambulance could be there that day – the doctors have told me that if she had travelled by road she wouldn’t have made it.

“The air ambulance saved her life.”

To donate to Jess’ Christmas Appeal, visit www.theairambulanceservice.org.uk/ChristmasAppeal or call the charity on 08454 130999.

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