Sheffield car crash girl battles back

Jade Denton in hospital.
Jade Denton in hospital.
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A woman who suffered a horrific catalogue of injuries in a Sheffield road smash is battling back to health.

Jade Denton, aged 21, from Gleadless, broke her ribs, spine, collarbone and pelvis but also suffered a brain injury, ruptured spleen and broken teeth when the car she was in lost control and smashed into another vehicle on Gleadless Road.

Jade had emergency surgery at Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital and had speech and language therapy, physiotherapy and occupational therapy before being allowed home on November 21, 2011 – two months after the crash.

Now brave Jade is using her experience to raise awareness of brain injury as part of charity Headway’s Action for Brain Injury Week – which runs until Sunday.

Jade said: “The crash changed my life forever and it’s been a really frustrating process trying to get back on track. I have problems with my memory and speech but the rehabilitation has been fantastic and I’ve made great progress.

“I hope my experience shows others who are going through something similar themselves, or has a friend or relative who has suffered a brain injury, that there is light at the end of the tunnel.”

Before the crash, Jade was a catering assistant at the English Institute of Sport and enjoyed going out with friends.

Now she attends zumba classes and has started working again.

Stacey Gee, an expert in serious injury from Irwin Mitchell who helped Jade secure compensation from the driver’s insurance company said: “The past two years have been incredibly challenging for Jade, who had to come to terms with the terribly debilitating injuries she sustained in the crash.

“She often feels frustrated about the impact the crash has had on her life but the way she has tackled her recovery and rehabilitation has been really inspiring.

“It’s a credit to her strength and determination she has fought back to the point where she’s taking part in zumba classes, regaining some independence and has started to return to work.

“We have always been a champion of charities such as Headway who help raise awareness about the dramatic and life-changing impact brain injuries can have on people’s lives.