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Kate’s Story

I was 10 years old and had just started Year 5 at Abbotsleigh Girl’s School when I was hit by a car while coming home from school. I suffered a traumatic brain injury and had a badly broken left leg. I was in a coma for four months and when I eventually “awoke” it was as though, in a physical sense, I was a baby again. I had to learn to sit-up, walk, speak, etc.

I resumed my education at Manly-Warringah Special School and attained my School Certificate topping the Correspondence School in General Mathematics. After leaving school I attended a Post School Options programme and did a TAFE Course on Career Education for Women, getting awarded Most Outstanding Student.

In 2004 I was selected as a “Woolworths Hero” for my contribution to the company and for my community work on behalf of the disabled.

I now live independently in my own house and do not have a carer. I continue with regular reviews by Dr Clayton King at the Royal Rehab.

Thanks to my positive attitude and my mother’s devotion and determination I have continued to improve, and still have ambition to improve more.