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Baglan mum who survived horror crash speaks out after sleeping driver jailed

By SWEPGRoberts  |  Posted: February 08, 2014

Deborah Dowrick and baby Eli who where hurt in a car accident in Baglan

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A MUM who survived a devastating crash along with her two-month-old baby says she will be never be able to completely recover from the horrific incident.

Deborah Dowrick was walking with her two-month-old baby, Elijah, and the family dog when the accident occurred in March last year.

They were badly hurt in a collision with a black Mercedes on Dinas Baglan Road in Port Talbot near its junction with Smallwood Road, at around 2.35pm.

Miss Dowrick from Baglan, suffered horrendous injuries — including 19 broken ribs, a broken arm, shoulder and pelvis, and punctured lungs and a lacerated liver — and was airlifted to hospital along with her newborn son.

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Elijah was later transferred to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff for specialist treatment.

“I was extremely lucky,” she said.

“It has been life changing. It has caused an extreme amount of stress on my family.

“Elijah was in hospital for five weeks.

“Lucky for me I have been able to recover. But I will never be 100 per cent.”

The 42-year-old said she didn’t want anyone to go through what she had experienced, and has issued a warning to drivers to consider the consequences.

“People do need to think before they get in their cars and drive, they should think about all the ramifications if something happened,” she said.

“I still see people on their mobile phones. People just don’t think how lethal a car is.

“It is hard for me as I am still living with the result.

“It is going to be with me for forever and a day.”

Miss Dowrick said she was shocked with the prison sentence, Silvester-Hughes was given.

“I just want a fair punishment for the crime,” she said.

“I just don’t want it happening to anyone else.

“She should not have been driving that day. I was at the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Miss Dowrick, who works for Swansea Council, added that she wanted to thank all health professionals that looked after her and Elijah.

“We had exceptional treatment from the NHS,” she said.

“They really pulled out all the stops

“They do deserve credit. It is the only reason I am here today because of the support and help from Morriston Hospital and the Heath.”

In June last year, friends Helen Enser Morgan and Loraine King, of Bjorn Belief Abba girls fame, organised a Deb and Eli's Big Night Out at Baglan Community Church.

Funds raised went to Wales Air Ambulance.

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