Miracle model amazes doctors by walking just SEVEN months after the 80ft hotel plunge that should have killed herChantelle Serginson, 25, was not expected to live after her horrific six-storey fallShe recovered and doctors told her it would take 18 months to walk againNow she has amazed them by getting back on her feet in just seven months
13:10 GMT, 31 December 2012
A young woman who plunged 80ft from her hotel balcony and was left horrifically injured has said it's 'miraculous' that she's walking again.
Chantelle Serginson, of Middlesbrough, was told by medics that it could take 18 months for her to get back on her feet again after her terrifying fall.
But seven months on from her ordeal – which saw her suffer two brain haemorrhages, a broken jaw and multiple fractures to her legs – she is once again walking.
Miracle: Chantelle Serginson, from Middlesbrough, who has said it is a miracle she can walk again after falling 80ft from a hotel balcony. Pictured with mother Kimberley (right) and sister Jessica (left)
The 25-year-old said: 'Things are going brilliantly. I should not be sat here having this conversation.
'I should at least be paralysed or brain damaged but I have been miraculous.
'Doctors said it would take me around 18 months to walk again but it's taken me around four-and-a-half months.
'I can't overdo it and I am still on medication but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.'
Miss Serginson had operations to have metal poles and pins inserted into her legs and hips plus metal plates in her jaw following her fall while on holiday in Magaluf in May.
Accident: Miss Serginson fell over the balcony as she reached for a necklace that had caught on a piece of metal. (Right) The fun-loving 25-year-old is a self-confessed exhibitionist
Now, after months of hydrotherapy and radiotherapy at Middlesbrough's James Cook University Hospital, Miss Serginson can now walk unaided.
She said: 'I have gone from a wheelchair to a walking frame to crutches.
'The first time my foot touched the floor I was sobbing. I can now walk to the shops but sometimes I need a piggyback back.'
She is now awaiting a further
op to remove a metal pole from her left leg, and some time in the future
expects to have a knee replacement.
Still having fun: Chantelle pokes her tongue out as she recovers in hospital
Wound: This picture was taken in hospital shortly after surgery. Her injuries included fractures, two brain haemorrhages and a broken jaw
Fractures: This picture shows both her legs in plaster. She was unconscious for four days after surgery
And although her injury means she
will be unable to follow her dreams of becoming a dancer, she hopes to
put her experiences to good use.
She said: 'I don't mind as I feel blessed to be here.
'I am looking into college courses. I want to become a support worker and do something for people who can't walk.
'I know what it's like as I have been through it myself and want to help.'
Miss Serginson says she has had a lot of
support from mother Kim and boyfriend Marc Boden, 22, along with brother
Brian and sister Jessica during her recovery.
And although she is on the
mend, sadly Kim was diagnosed with bowel cancer in August and has had to
go through chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Chantelle said: 'I can't wait to see the back of 2012, it is not been our year. I am doing my bit to help her now.'
Love: Chantelle recovering at home with mother Kimberley (right). Her mother rushed to her side after the plunge. (Right) Before the accident that came so close to killing her
The Hotel Marina Barracuda. Chantelle fell from the sixth floor after she was unable to swing onto the balcony below