Newark's Olivia Langley will attempt to walk 100 steps in aid of The Matt Hampson Foundation
A 26-year-old who was left a paraplegic after waking up with pains in the night will attempt to walk 100 steps next week — marking 100 weeks of her recovery.
Olivia Langley, now 28, who was an accomplished equestrian when she suffered the haemorrhage that led to her becoming paralysed, has dreams of getting back on the saddle again. But, for now, she is helping raise funds for The Matt Hampson Foundation as a thank you for the support she’s been given by the injury charity.
As part of her fundraising, Olivia, of Newark, will attempt to walk 100 steps on Thursday (June 17).
“I’ve never really properly thought about the progress I’ve made, but when you put all of the small wins together it adds up to a huge amount of progress,” said Olivia.
“I have the strength and independence to drive my car alone, lifting my wheelchair in and out of the passenger seat.
“I have sat back on a horse for the first time since before my injury, which felt incredible.
“Although I still need support from my physios to stand and walk, I have already made more progress than I could have imagined.
“I was told by my consultants that my complete injury meant I would never have any movement below my injury level again.”
In the short term, Olivia said she was focussing on her strength, mobility and independence.
“I have already made huge progress since joining the community at the foundation,” she said.
“I receive physiotherapy sessions with the amazing team there as well as regular personal training sessions.”