A brave teenager who has battled to recover from extensive brain injuries sustained in a hit-and-run crash is overjoyed after medics agreed to allow her home for good.
Danielle Stoton returned to her family home in Harris Road, Armthorpe, after amazing medics with her progress.
The 19-year-old’s homecoming marks a remarkable upturn in fortunes for the family who feared Danielle may not pull through after she suffered life-threatening head injuries in the collision with a car as she walked home from a party in August last year.
And the former Doncaster college pupil says she was ‘blown away’ by the love and support shown by the 50 friends and family members waiting to watch her finally return home.
She said: “I was shocked because I didn’t expect them to all be there.”
“It feels really right. I love being at home with my family.”
‘The doctors say it could be two years before she recovers completely but, knowing her, if it’s possible she’ll do it.’
Danielle spent more than five months undergoing rehabilitation at the Magnolia Neuro-rehabilitation Unit in Tickhill.
Now she has achieved her goal of leaving the unit for good, the determined teen – who can currently only walk a short distance without a rest – has set herself the task of being able to ‘walk normally’ by September in time for her to go on a family holiday to Tunisia.
She is reliant on her parents Paul and Michelle Stoton and a carer, who spends 33 hours a week tending to her daily needs.
Michelle says she was ‘ecstatic’ to be able to bring Danielle home but admits her daughter still has a long way to go in her recovery.
The 41-year-old said: “She will still need to go back to the Magnolia Unit several times a week for appointments with a physiotherapist, psychiatrist, a speech therapist and an occupational therapist.
“She has problems with being blunt, because of her brain injury, and feeling emotions but she’s working on that. The doctors say it could be two years before she recovers completely but, knowing her, if it’s possible she’ll do it.
“They’ve all said that the way she has recovered is astounding. She’s a little cutie.”
Following the collision in Hatfield Lane, Armthorpe, on August 10 last year, Sarah Livesey, 26, was charged with causing injury by dangerous driving.
Livesey pleaded guilty at Sheffield Crown Court in January to causing injury by dangerous driving as well as a string of other motoring offences, including dangerous driving, failure to stop at the scene of an accident and failure to report an accident.
She is set to be sentenced next month.
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