Broken back mum to run desert race; BRAVERY.
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."