A teenager who was critically injured in a hit and run smash has defied the odds to be allowed back to her Doncaster home this week.
Danielle Stoton’s family is delighted that the 18-year-old has amazed medics with her progress and was allowed home for a few days.
It marks a remarkable upturn in fortunes for the family which feared Danielle may not pull through after she suffered life-threatening head injuries when she collided with a car as she walked home from a party in August.
Danielle, of Harris Road, Armthorpe, said it felt ‘ace’ to be able to go home again.
Since the accident Danielle has been restricted to a diet of mashed food, but medics have now said the former Doncaster College student can eat solid food again.
Prior to the accident in Hatfield Lane, Armthorpe, Danielle, who attended Armthorpe and Danum schools, had lost six stone and had hoped of beginning a sports science course in September.
She was hoping to become a personal trainer with the RAF.
She has had to undergo months of rehabilitation to talk and walk again.
Mum Michelle, aged 41, said: “At certain points doctors said she might not make it, or that we shouldn’t expect to get our Danielle back, but I never believed them.
“I wasn’t religious at all before this, but there has to be something behind this. And Danielle too, because I know how determined she is. I knew she would fight it.”
Danielle will stay at the family home over the weekend, and will return to the Magnolia Neurorehabilitation Unit in Tickhill, where she currently lives, on Monday.
The Stoton family has received a host of gifts, including Christmas presents, for the teen since the accident.
■A 26-year-old woman has been charged with causing serious injury by dangerous driving, leaving the scene of a crime and failing to report a crime in connection with the incident.