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Broken back mum to run desert race; BRAVERY.

A WOMAN is preparing to run a 150-mile desert race four years after breaking her back and being told she would never walk again.

Wanda Summers, 37, shattered a vertebrae in a paragliding accident in 2008 but refused surgery.

She said: "I had millimetres of nerve which survived and I didn't want them to mess up and cut through it."

Instead, the personal trainer chose to rehabilitate herself. She was bedridden for 12 weeks and had to use a wheelchair, but taught herself to walk again.

Months later, she did her first desert run in the Gobi to boost disaster relief charity ShelterBox. She will complete her latest feat, a run in Jordan in 40C sunshine, in May.

The mum-of-two, of Praa Sands, Cornwall, said: "I like to run on sand and I like heat. My sons are embarrassed by me as I'm not a normal mum who bakes cakes."
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 18, 2012
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