Lisa takes her first steps

AN IPSWICH mother has taken her first steps unaided since she suffered horrific injuries in a bus crash, it emerged today.Lisa Holmes is now in a rehabilitation ward at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge and is one step closer to going home at long last.

AN IPSWICH mother has taken her first steps unaided since she suffered horrific injuries in a bus crash, it emerged today.

Lisa Holmes is now in a rehabilitation ward at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge and is one step closer to going home at long last.

The 39-year-old, who suffered head injuries and pelvic fractures, has remained bed-bound in hospital since she fell under a bus in Tacket Street in February.

Today Rob Holmes, her husband, described his joy at seeing her walk without help for the first time in two months.

He said: “She is up and about and walking unaided. She was moved to the rehabilitation unit last Thursday and is doing really well.

“It is slow steady steps but is good to see her back on her feet. She is getting back to her normal self. The doctors have been very pleased with her progress.”

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Doctors hope she will be able to leave hospital some time next month.

The news comes after another woman was hit by a bus in Ipswich town centre yesterday at about 1.15pm.

The 25-year-old pedestrian, who was in collision with the bus in Crown Street, was taken to Ipswich Hospital with minor head and neck injuries. She is understood to have been allowed home after a check-up.

Lee Porter, 23, from Gainsborough witnessed the accident. He said: “I was sitting on top deck of the number seven bus and saw a woman begin to cross the road.

“The bus wasn't travelling too fast so she must have just crossed at the wrong time. I jumped off the bus to see what was happening and phoned an ambulance. It didn't take long for them to get here.”

Mr Holmes, of Whitehorn Road, Purdis Farm, said his wife still cannot remember the accident but says the rest of her memory has more or less returned.

He added: “They will be letting her come home for the odd day or overnight as a trial before she comes home.

“I might put a few notes around the house to remind her how to do with things. It will be good to have her back.”

Mr and Mrs Holmes had been out shopping to buy items for their daughter, Ciara's, first birthday, which was just two days after the accident happened.

Mr Holmes had taken Ciara in her pushchair and was due to meet up with his wife when he spotted the drama taking place in Tacket Street and quickly realised it was Mrs Holmes who had been injured.

Have you made a miraculous recovery following an accident? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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