Toddler making miraculous recovery after horrific car crash

Karen Rodway and her daughter Elizabeth, who is recovering after a car crash in February. Picture by Geoff Hall.

A TODDLER from Ilton is making a good recovery after a horror crash led to fears she would be paralysed and lose her sight.

Elizabeth Rodway, of St Peter’s Close, was badly injured in a car accident on Friday, February 12, at 10am, on the A36 near Upton Lovell in Wiltshire.

Elizabeth, who is three this Sunday, September 26, was flown by air ambulance to Salisbury District Hospital and transferred to Southampton General Hospital.

Thanks to the work of doctors and the paediatric team Elizabeth has made an excellent recovery and her family are now fundraising for the hospital.

Parents Karen and Adrian Rodway have gathered a group of friends and family to cycle 102 miles from Ilfracombe to Plymouth on Saturday, October 16.

Karen said: “There were times we really thought we’d lost her. Then when those worst days were over we were faced with not knowing if she would walk again, have any use of her left arm or sight in her right eye.”

Elizabeth spent five days in an induced coma. She had surgery to remove a portion of her skull to relieve pressure as her brain had swollen and lost use of the left side of her body.

After receiving physiotherapy twice a day, she has regained limited function in her left side and is improving all the time.

“If they did not have such a wonderful team, I really think we would not have our beautiful daughter here with us today.”

Elizabeth was discharged from hospital on Friday, July 9. The Rodways want to thank family, friends and the staff at Southampton General Hospital. In particular Mandy and Ken Cooper of Greenway Cattery, Dowlish Ford, who looked after the family’s cat Muffin while they were away.

The family were also thankful to their Skoda Octavia Estate car, which saved their lives, as well as Elizabeth’s Maxicosi Priorifix seat.


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