Welwyn Garden City accident victim set for Panama jungle adventure

PUBLISHED: 18:48 10 February 2009 | UPDATED: 22:25 26 October 2009

Jade with mum Lyn and fiance Riley

Jade with mum Lyn and fiance Riley

EIGHT years ago, Jade Bracey was fighting for her life after a road accident left her in a coma. Her injuries were so serious, she had to have a part of her brain removed because it was severely damaged. Doctors doubted she would ever fully recover, or be

Jade pictured after her accident in 2001

EIGHT years ago, Jade Bracey was fighting for her life after a road accident left her in a coma.

Her injuries were so serious, she had to have a part of her brain removed because it was severely damaged.

Doctors doubted she would ever fully recover, or be able to walk or talk again.

But today, the 22-year-old former Monk's Walk pupil has not only made a remarkable recovery, she has travelled the world to raise money for the charity that helped her pull through.

On February 28, Jade will be travelling with mum Lyn to take part in the Panama Trek, an eight-day journey through the Central American jungle.

And in April she will be running the Flora London Marathon with her fiancé Riley, all to raise money for the Children's Trust, the charity that helped Jade recover from her accident.

Jade was out celebrating her 15th birthday in August 2001, when she collided with a car on Bessemer Road, WGC.

After a five-hour operation to save her, Jade was in a coma for two weeks at London's Great Ormond Street Hospital, before being transferred to WGC's QE2 Hospital.

She was moved to the Children's Trust rehabilitation centre in September.

"I don't remember anything of the accident," said Jade, of Hitherway, WGC. "Having a head injury is like someone knocking over a filing cabinet in your head, and all the papers are scattered and muddled up.

"Some are still missing.

"What the trust did for me was to pick up all the papers and give them back to me. When a paper was missing, I learned new ways to do things and learned how to sort out my own papers for myself."

Jade says she wants to raise "as much as possible" for the trust; and some of her old friends have already contributed.

Monk's Walk School, in Knightsfield, WGC, raised £820 for the trust with a number of fundraising events.

Jade added: "The school has been really supportive in the past and for it to continue to be supportive is amazing."

To sponsor Jade, visit www.justgiving.com/jadebracey

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