(By Beth Kilgallon)

A student was given just a two per cent chance of survival after a horror car crash has made a miraculous recovery.

Macy Window, 20, from Corringham, Essex, says that she feels like the luckiest girl in the world after surviving.

Macy was travelling back to her family home in Essex from the University of Kent on the M2 to celebrate her dad’s birthday on June 6.

Disaster struck when Macy lost control of her Citron C1 during heavy rainfall, and skidded, then crashing into a tree at the side of the road.

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Macy has remained in intensive care in Kings College Hospital in London for six months, where she was airlifted to, since the crash, but hopes to recover as best as she can so that she can one day ride her beloved horse again.

Macy before her car accident
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Find My Friends App

The English literature and sociology student said: “I was travelling home for my dad’s birthday, and I was supposed to meet my boyfriend, Ceyhun, who I lived with at university, at a service station so I could give him some of his belongings that he left at the flat.

“He had set off ahead of me and had forgotten some things. We had added each other on Find My Friends on our iPhones so that he could see where I was and know when I was close.

“When I left the flat it was a really wet day, and the rain continued during my journey home. I don’t remember much from the crash, but I wasn’t on my phone and I wasn’t speeding.

“Because of the rain, part of the road was flooded, and I skidded and crashed into a tree, where I was trapped.”

Macy in hospital after her car accident where she crashed in to a tree (image source: Caters/MagazineFeatures.co.za)

Due to the tracking app on her boyfriend’s phone, he noticed that she hadn’t moved in 15 minutes.

He started worrying and had a bad feeling, so decided to drive back to check that everything was fine.

To his horror, he found Macy in her car crashed into a tree at the side of the road and screaming for help, with police and paramedics around her.

Macy added: “After he arrived, he was the one who had to inform my family about what had happened.

“It took the emergency services six hours to get me out of the car as my legs were stuck in the engine of my car. My lungs were also punctured and there was severe bleeding as my main artery in my right thigh had been severed.

“After I was removed from the car, I was airlifted to Kings College Hospital where my family had driven to meet me and they were told I had a two per cent chance of survival.”

Macy in hospital after her car accident where she crashed in to a tree (image source: Caters/MagazineFeatures.co.za)

After arriving at the hospital, Macy immediately underwent a 14-hour life-saving surgery.

Macy was then placed into an induced coma for six weeks, missing her 20th birthday on June 16.

Macy said: “Even though I was in a coma for my birthday, my family still marked the occasion. They came to see me and brought balloons, presents and a big cake for the NHS staff looking after me.

“I had to be brought out of my coma early because it became really dangerous as I suffered four strokes.

“Because of the strokes, my injuries in the accident and muscle wastage from being in a coma for so long, I was unable to move my arms or legs.

“After I was brought out of my coma, I was given a speaking valve, however at the start, I was only allowed to wear it for 15 minutes a day. So I couldn’t really speak, drink or eat.

“I could suck water off a sponge and I could just say one word at a time with the speaking valve in.

“This was very distressing because I was in extreme amounts of pain and I couldn’t tell anyone and I couldn’t communicate well with my family.

Macy in hospital and writing her initials in a Christmas card) (image source: Caters/MagazineFeatures.co.za)

“Blink for no”

“Most of the time I just had to blink for no and stick my tongue out for yes, but I was so determined to be able to talk again.

“As time went on I gradually allowed my speaking valve for longer each day, and within five weeks I managed to get it removed.

“This was incredible because when I first had it inserted, the doctors told my mum that I would probably have it for life.

“This means that I can speak normally, even though it still takes me a bit longer, and I could eat a normal diet. I was so proud of myself for this.”

 

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Macy’s road to recovery is long

She has been in intensive care since her accident and says that it will probably be another six weeks before she is out of ICU.

Macy added: “At the beginning, I found it really difficult to engage in my physiotherapy because I was just in so much pain.

“But recently I have been able to engage in it more. The amount of pain that I have is still really high, but it is better than earlier on in my recovery.

“At the start, I couldn’t stand my left leg being touch at all, it literally felt like it was on fire when someone would touch it.

“I have made a lot of progress so far, last week I was able to sit on the edge of my bed. I had such a huge sense of achievement after that.

Macy in hospital after her car accident where she crashed in to a tree (image source: Caters/MagazineFeatures.co.za)

“Next week we are going to be working on standing and putting weight on both legs.

“My future is still really uncertain in terms of what I will get back and what I will be able to do, but I am so determined to be able to walk and ride my horse again.

“However, we can’t be sure about what I will be able to do, I may be in a wheelchair, no one knows yet.

“I am really grateful for all of the support from my family, they have been here for me every single day, even though the hospital is an hour and a half from where we live. They are amazing.

“I am also so glad and grateful to still be alive and have the ability to tell my story.”

Macy has launched a JustGiving page to help her raise funds for specialised physio and rehabilitation to give her the best chance of making a complete recovery.

Macy said: “For a three-month stay in a rehabilitation centre it will cost around £150k, I was really nervous about deciding to do this, but I am so appreciative of all the donations so far.”

 

 

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