“I’d give anything to hear Amy speak one more time”

Amy Reynard, photographed three weeks before she was run over near her Rotherham home.
Amy Reynard, photographed three weeks before she was run over near her Rotherham home.
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MUM Carol Levers is exhausted.

For six months, the 38-year-old has been living at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, sleeping in a chair next to the bed where her 13-year-old daughter lies, barely conscious.

Amy Reynard used to be a beautiful, confident young girl, a keen guitarist with ambitions of being a fashion designer.

“She always looked immaculate,” said Carol.

“She made a real effort with her appearance.

“And now she is wearing a nappy.”

Amy suffered severe brain injuries six months ago, when she was hit by a car near her home in Kimberworth Park, Rotherham.

The diffuse axonal injuries she received meant the damage occurred over a widespread area of her brain, creating multiple problems in how her body works.

Doctors say Amy will never speak again, will never walk and will never fulfil her potential.

Carol stroked her daughter’s face.

“You’ll get there, you’re a fighter,” she told Amy. “You’ll show them.”

Amy’s right eye stared unfocused. The massive brain bleed at the time of the accident shot through her right optical nerve, making that eye useless.

Her working left eye flickered from side to side and her breath stuttered.

Carol wiped away a strand of dribble that has leaked onto her daughter’s chest.

For the last three months the teenager has been suffering from small, almost invisible epileptic fits throughout the day and night.

“It has really set her back,” said Carol.

“Before that she would react when you spoke, when you touched her.

“It seemed like she was almost ready to get in the gym - she was really making progress.

“But these fits have sent her backwards.”

Carol is waiting for a place in a children’s rehabilitation centre in Surrey - the only one of its kind in the country.

But there are only 20 beds in the centre, and it may be a long wait.

Until then all Carol can do is hope - and that is something she has plenty of.

“I know she’ll get through it,” she said.

“She’s a mouthy girl, she’s got lots of fight in her.

“I used to tell her to shut up all the time - but now I’d do anything to hear her speak again.”