Road collision survivor praises hospital that saved her life

A girl who survived life-threatening injuries has spoken out in support of the hospital that saved her life and helped her to run in the London Marathon this year.

Grace Harvard suffered serious injuries including 28 broken bones, failing kidneys and a punctured lung after a serious road traffic accident in April 2014 that brought her to St. George’s Hospital in Tooting.

St George’s Hospital Charity has now launched a therapy appeal to fund therapy services for the benefit of more patients.

Grace said: “When I had my operations the therapy and rehabilitation teams at St George’s and Queen Mary’s spent months helping me rediscover my ability to walk and build a life again.

“It was really hard but vital work and I would love more people to benefit from the expertise of the therapists who helped me to achieve my goal of running the London Marathon.

“When I had my operations the rehabilitation team spent months helping me to rediscover my ability to walk and build a life again.”

The charity’s appeal will aim to raise funds to cover the costs of provisions beyond those covered by the hospital, from  recuperation aids, specialised innovative software to support communication and monitoring electronics, and one-to-one bedside music for a long stay patient.

Noel Cramer, director of fundraising at St George’s Hospital, said: “Raising funds for our Therapy Appeal means we can help even more patients, providing support that is ‘over and above’ what is normally possible.”

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