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'Seven weeks ago I nearly died, I can't believe I've come so far' TRUCKER THANKS HOSPITAL AFTER STAFF WIN BATTLE TO SAVE HER LIFE.

Byline: Duncan Gibbons

A LORRY driver who nearly died in a horror crash has said a special thank you to the Coventry and Warwickshire medics who battled to save her life.

Mandy Robinson, 21, was trapped and unconscious for FIVE hours after her huge truck hit a car on the M1 in Northamptonshire in June.

She was so badly crushed in her mangled cab that medics considered amputating her legs at the knee and her right arm there and then. Instead they put her in an induced coma as fire crews released her from the wreck, but not before her kidneys and lungs failed, and she needed six pints of blood.

She was then taken by air ambulance to Coventry's University Hospital where she has since undergone 12 operations.

Surgeons performed a fasciectomy to relieve pressure in her left leg, inserted a metal plate into her fractured skull, and carried out skin grafts on gaping wounds on her foot and behind her knee.

Mandy contacted the Telegraph to pay a special tribute to the emergency service crews who rescued her and the doctors and nurses who have been helping her on the road to recovery.

Now she is looking forward to going home to the village of Newtownforbes, in County Longford, Ireland - but still faces months of physio at her local hospital.

She told the Telegraph: "Seven weeks ago I was lying in my lorry nearly dead. I can't believe I've come so far in two months.

"I just want to say a special thank you to everybody who saved my life.

"I am a very active girl, I love the outdoors, so being stuck in this bed has not been easy, especially being so far from home, but I'm just so glad I'm alive. I'm looking forward to getting my life back to normal."

And remarkably she says she wants to get back behind the wheel when she is fully recovered.

Mandy was delivering mushrooms to a Tesco store in Kent in the early hours of June 14, and had earlier caught the ferry from Dublin to Holyhead.

She took a break at Watford Gap Services but a few miles down the road smashed into the back of a car on the hard shoulder between junctions 16 and 15a for Northampton at 6.20am. The car driver was not in the vehicle at the time. Mandy said: "I remember being in the services and the next thing I remember was waking up ten days later in critical care."

What caused the crash is still a mystery, but the glare from the low sun may have a factor. Mandy's mum Hilary and sister Hazel rented a flat in Coventry so they could visit her every day.

Hilary said: "The nurses have been brilliant and we can't thank the police enough. People have made us feel so welcome, even taxi and bus drivers."

IN RECOVERY: Mandy recuperates at Coventry University Hospital and (below) her truck and what was left of it after the smash
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