Mum tells how crash changed teen's life

AN Ipswich mother today told how her teenage daughter's life has changed forever despite winning her battle for life after a car crash.Dayle Harper suffered three bleeds on her brain, a fractured skull and a fractured neck in the accident, which happened in Belmont Road, Pinewood.

AN Ipswich mother today told how her teenage daughter's life has changed forever despite winning her battle for life after a car crash.

Dayle Harper suffered three bleeds on her brain, a fractured skull and a fractured neck in the accident, which happened in Belmont Road, Pinewood.

The 14-year-old was so seriously injured when the car she was travelling in collided with a wall, 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 on Wednesday, September 27.

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.

She is now beginning to recover but will have brain damage - the extent of which is not yet known.

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Her mum Joanne David, who lives in the Stoke Park area of Ipswich, said: “She is talking and eating now but she is not the same person she was before.

“We have seen little changes in her personality but we were told we won't really see anything until she is home and out of the hospital environment.

“The part of her brain that has been affected is the personality, memory and behaviour.

“Her neurologist has said she will have depression, will probably have violent outbursts, mood swings and inappropriate behaviour and that type of thing.”

Miss David said she believes her daughter's determined nature has helped her battle through and said the teenager has amazed doctors with the speed of her recovery.

She has now taken a few steps and has been able to speak to her mum about the collision.

However, she is having problems with one of her eyes, but doctors do not yet know if they will to operate on it.

Dayle's friend Astra Tye, 17, was also injured in the collision and had to have a wound to her head stapled together.

The driver of the car, who was a friend's father, also suffered head injuries and needed hospital treatment but he was discharged the following day.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision and are keen to speak to the driver of a small vehicle, possibly a Nissan Micra, which turned into either Firtree Rise or Acer Grove. They believe the driver may have seen the vehicle in its rear view mirror.

Anyone with information should call Pc Andy Fossey at Martlesham Roads Policing Unit on 01473 613500.

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