Crash victim backs new recovery guide

A WOMAN who nearly lost her life in a road crash has backed a campaign to give greater support for accident victims.Tracey Ryder, 36, from Nacton Road, Ipswich has described her four-year road to recovery as “a nightmare” and thinks it is vital other people in her situation get more help than she did.

A WOMAN who nearly lost her life in a road crash has backed a campaign to give greater support for accident victims.

Tracey Ryder, 36, from Nacton Road, Ipswich has described her four-year road to recovery as “a nightmare” and thinks it is vital other people in her situation get more help than she did.

Now she has given her backing to a new 79 page support guide by road safety charity Brake, saying the readily available information and support could make a huge difference.

She said: “It could make a very big difference to people because it has been a long way back for me and hopefully it will be shorter for other people. For me it took longer because I had to find the help.”

Ms Ryder was in a coma for two weeks at Addenbrookes Hospital following a crash with a lorry on the A14 in February 2004 and suffered a serious brain injury and a broken pelvis.

Struggling on alone with depression, memory loss and communication problems for almost a year, it was only after she was directed to Icanho, a rehabilitation centre in Stowmarket, her life got back on track.

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They helped her file a claim that she won in August 2007 and found her a care support worker.

Anyone interested in viewing the guide can do so from the Brake website at: www.brake.org.uk

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