Mum left wheelchair-bound after brain damage giving birth completes charity walk

·Contributor, Yahoo Life UK
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Mum Rachel Harry was told she would never walk again. (SWNS)
Mum Rachel Harry was told she would never walk again. (SWNS)

A mum who was told she would be wheelchair-bound for life after she was left brain damaged while giving birth has defied the odds to complete a charity walk.

Rachel Harry, 40, suffered a heart attack during the birth of her daughter Freya in July 2012 after an undetected blood clot led to hypoxic brain injury.

Doctors told her devastated family that the first-time mum would be unlikely to walk again, sit up or feed herself.

But she has battled back against the odds and walked 400 yards unaided after she turned 40.

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Rachel Harry suffered a heart attack during labour. (SWNS)
Rachel Harry suffered a heart attack during labour. (SWNS)

She raised £410 for the Clwyd Special Riding Centre – a charity very close to her heart.

Inspiring footage shows nine-year-old Freya encouraging her hero mum to complete the challenge.

It captured the moment Harry walked 400 yards outside the family's home in Llywn Onn, Wrexham, North Wales.

She had been undergoing intensive physiotherapy to learn to walk again as well as speech therapy in order to communicate.

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Freya is always by her mum's side. (SWNS)
Freya is always by her mum's side. (SWNS)

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But after the Covid pandemic stalled the progress, inspirational Freya continued to help her mum during the subsequent lockdowns.

Harry's mum Karan, 62, says: “It’s an amazing achievement for Rachel and shows how much progress she is making.

“It’s almost 10 years ago that doctors told us she would probably never walk or talk again and now she’s walking 400 yards.

“We’re incredibly proud of her and we never give up hope that she will continue improving and making progress.”

The family suffered throughout the pandemic after carers were forced to limit her rehabilitation sessions.

Her mum added: “It was really hard. We didn't have as many care hours so we have been doing a lot of it at home.

"There was a long time with no therapies, where we were just trying to keep Rachel safe.

"It has been tough. But we've managed to do quite a bit to keep her moving. And Freya has done a lot. She wasn't in school as much during the first lockdown, so she was spurring her mummy on.

"She was encouraging her mummy to move and to walk, and she was able to do a lot more with her."

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10-year-old Freya helps with her mum's recovery. (SWNS)
10-year-old Freya helps with her mum's recovery. (SWNS)

Freya, who turns 10 in July, added: "My mummy is special. She had a heart attack having me and I am teaching her to walk and talk.

"I want my mummy to be the same as all of my friends' mums, so she can take me shopping and swimming."

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