Crash victim Dayle's special surprise

CRASH victim Dayle Harper is recovering with her grandparents today after the accident which medics say will affect her for the rest of her life.And the Manchester United supporter is in high spirits after her homecoming was teamed with a special delivery from the Reds' manager Alex Ferguson wishing her a quick recovery.

CRASH victim Dayle Harper is recovering with her grandparents today after the accident which medics say will affect her for the rest of her life.

And the Manchester United supporter is in high spirits after her homecoming was teamed with a special delivery from the Reds' manager Alex Ferguson wishing her a quick recovery.

Dayle suffered three bleeds on her brain, a fractured skull and a fractured neck in the accident, which happened in Belmont Road, Pinewood, the day after her 14th birthday.

She said: “I had been to Tesco with a friend. We booked a taxi to bring us back but before it arrived another friend's father stopped and said he would take us home. We were nearly there when the accident happened.”

Last week The Star reported the 14-year-old was so seriously injured when the car she was travelling in collided with a wall on September 21, she had to be put into a medically induced coma and lost at least five pints of blood.

Dayle was in a coma for nearly five days before doctors attempted to wake her, however, the pressure on her brain increased and blood pressure dropped and doctors had to put her back into a coma before waking her again the next day.

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She said: “My arm really hurt so I thought I had been attacked. My mum and my grandparents kept trying to tell me what happened but it didn't really sink in. It wasn't until the doctors told me that I realised how serious it was.”

Since then Dayle received a letter, teddy bear, CD and picture of her favourite footballer, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, from Manchester United's football manager.

Dayle, who in the Stoke Park area of Ipswich, said: “I was really chuffed to get the gifts. One of my relatives had written to Alex and told him about my accident.

“I now realise how lucky I have been and think others may die in similar accidents.

“I was due to go to Pleasurewood Hills theme park to celebrate my birthday so when I am completely better I would like to do that.”

Although she is continuing to recover from the severe injuries she sustained Dayle had to be put in a medically induced coma to help save her life and now faces a challenging future.

It will be three weeks until she will have her neck checked to see if it is strong enough to remove her collar.

She will then undergo physiotherapy, have a CAT scan and see an optician about the blurred vision she has.

Doctors have also said she will have long-term brain damage - the extent of which is not yet known.

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