JUST like any other teenager, Kelly Green dreams of studying and travelling.
And, despite losing her sight just on the brink of adulthood, she is determined to make those hopes become reality.
Kelly has had to rebuild her life. Even simple tasks, like walking up the stairs at home, have become far tougher.
The pop music fan is staying on an extra year at Eckington School but hopes to study a course as a masseuse at a specialist college and to travel.
She is also a judge at fundraising event Eckington’s Got Talent, to raise cash for guide dogs, at the village civic centre on September 29.
Kelly, who can see only a little bit of light, told The Star: “Some things are a bit harder but I’m getting used to using my cane now.
“I know when people are staring at me, but you’ve got to get over it.
“I’m hoping to go to college and do a masseuse course because it’s something I can do with my hands.
“I want to go to Turkey - I love it there.
“I’m on about going on holiday with my friends for my 18th birthday.”
Kelly recollects only parts of the crash which transformed her life last October 10.
She said: “I remember the car hitting something and then it falling, somebody opening the door and holding my head up asking if I was okay.
“When I came round in hospital for a bit I remember trying to open my eyes and my older sister told me they were stitched together.
“I was a bit upset when I found out I’d lost my sight, I didn’t know what to think.
“I thought I was going to be sat bored and nobody would talk to me.
“I just want people to know that I haven’t changed.
“It was weird at first but I have just adjusted to everything. I haven’t changed and I’m not going to give up.”