Ashingdon motorcyclist Kerry: I’m just so lucky to be alive

Motorcyclist Kerry: I’m just so lucky to be alive

Motorcyclist Kerry: I’m just so lucky to be alive

Motorcyclist Kerry: I’m just so lucky to be alive

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MOTORCYCLIST Kerry Waters came close to being decapitated when she crashed her bike in a horrific road smash, she has revealed.

Ms Waters, 29, of Alexander Road, Ashingdon, lost a leg in the horrific crash, in Brays Lane, Canewdon, on Friday, June 27.

In an exclusive interview she told the Echo doctors still aren’t sure how she survived.

The injuries she sustained meant surgeons at St George’s Hospital in Tooting, South London, were forced to amputate her right leg above the knee.

But she says her ordeal has given her a new ambition – to compete in the Paralympics.

Dental nurse Ms Waters spoke of the terrible moment she lost control of her bike and hitawire, which severed part of her leg and narrowlymissed her head.

She said she had been blinded by bright sunlight and had swerved into a grass verge, lost control and veered towards a telegraph pole’s wire support.

Hitting it at speed meant it acted like a cheese wire, slicing her leg, and narrowly missing her neck. By pure chance, the wire caught the chin strap of her helmet and instead of hitting her neck, pulled her head back and whipped off the helmet.

She then careered across the road and came to a halt two inches from a brick wall.

She said: “If my chin strap had been tighter, the wire would have taken off my head.

“No one can believe how I have survived. I don’t believe in God but it makes me wonder, was someone up there looking out for me? The surgeons came in after my operation and said to me, ‘Kerry I don’t know how you are here’. Everyone said they couldn’t believe it.

“Even the paramedics thought they were going to lose me, but I’m a fighter.

“It makes me feel so lucky to be alive. I’ll never moan about anything minor again. I survived what should have killed me.”

Ms Waters praised the “amazing support” given to her by friends and relations.

She is already able to move herself unaided into her wheelchair, and has been transferred to Southend Hospital to continue her recovery and for rehab.

She has started looking at prosthetic legs and aims to walk in a matter of months.

She said: “I’ve ridden horses since I was two and if I fell off my horse I’d get back on. I am desperate to get back on.

“I have been told I should try Paralympic horse riding. I probably wouldn’t have a chance because there are so many talented riders out there, but it would be amazing.”

However, one thing Kerry is determined to do is to take part in a 10km fundraising event in London this September.

Run to the Beat is being organised in aid of the Essex Air Ambulance, which airlifted her to hospital, and she is hoping to walk some of the distance and complete the course in a wheelchair.

She said: “I have to tell myself every day it was a near-miss, so I have to live to the full. When I found out Essex Air Ambulance wasn’t funded by the Government, I thought that’s it, we are raising money for it. I know it won’t be too much but hopefully it will save another life.

“I hope people can find it in their hearts to help us.”

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10:47am Wed 9 Jul 14

Fab man says...

The Air Ambulance do a great job & they should get government funding but they are not PC enough unfortunately to warrant it. However best of luck with everything Kerry.
The Air Ambulance do a great job & they should get government funding but they are not PC enough unfortunately to warrant it. However best of luck with everything Kerry. Fab man
  • Score: 12

11:55am Wed 9 Jul 14

Howard Cháse says...

Best wishes to Kerry.
Best wishes to Kerry. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 8

1:02pm Wed 9 Jul 14

rayleigh123 says...

Fab man wrote:
The Air Ambulance do a great job & they should get government funding but they are not PC enough unfortunately to warrant it. However best of luck with everything Kerry.
I knew we often have finacial collections for the Air Ambulance Service,
but i always thought they were funded by the NHS.

Surely - depending upon the situation an "Ambulance" - defined as a conveyor of sick people- be it a land vehicle, a boat or helicopter should be funded by the NHS which intern is funded by our TAXES !!!!


.
[quote][p][bold]Fab man[/bold] wrote: The Air Ambulance do a great job & they should get government funding but they are not PC enough unfortunately to warrant it. However best of luck with everything Kerry.[/p][/quote]I knew we often have finacial collections for the Air Ambulance Service, but i always thought they were funded by the NHS. Surely - depending upon the situation an "Ambulance" - defined as a conveyor of sick people- be it a land vehicle, a boat or helicopter should be funded by the NHS which intern is funded by our TAXES !!!! . rayleigh123
  • Score: 2

1:46pm Wed 9 Jul 14

blackheart says...

Kerry, what a great example of how to face adversity.

Respect and best wishes to you.
Kerry, what a great example of how to face adversity. Respect and best wishes to you. blackheart
  • Score: 18

2:01pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Wallace67 says...

Lucky Girl, Keep up the positive attitude, Best wishes
Lucky Girl, Keep up the positive attitude, Best wishes Wallace67
  • Score: 10

5:23pm Wed 9 Jul 14

ChampKind says...

Brave lady. Good luck Kerry.
Brave lady. Good luck Kerry. ChampKind
  • Score: 5

5:24pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Maddogg says...

Good luck to you. You are a true inspiration to all . What you have gone through, puts a lot of life's troubles into perspective.
I wish you all the best.
Good luck to you. You are a true inspiration to all . What you have gone through, puts a lot of life's troubles into perspective. I wish you all the best. Maddogg
  • Score: 5

3:21pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Caber1984 says...

Good luck to you, and you're very strong to get on with life.

I don't think the legal tint limit on visors is dark enough - I'm often dazzled by the light, particularly when the sun is shining on a wet road.
Good luck to you, and you're very strong to get on with life. I don't think the legal tint limit on visors is dark enough - I'm often dazzled by the light, particularly when the sun is shining on a wet road. Caber1984
  • Score: 3

8:56pm Thu 10 Jul 14

mikepaterson says...

What a great attitude so soon after such a shocking accident. I wish you a fantastic recovery and a super life!
What a great attitude so soon after such a shocking accident. I wish you a fantastic recovery and a super life! mikepaterson
  • Score: 2

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