Brave crash girl returns home

A NINE-year-old girl who was seriously hurt in an horrific crash in which a car ploughed into a group of schoolchildren is back at home with her family after spending almost six weeks in hospital.

A NINE-year-old girl who was seriously hurt in an horrific crash in which a car ploughed into a group of schoolchildren is back at home with her family after spending almost six weeks in hospital.

Brave Olivia Li is still in a wheelchair while she recuperates but is expected to make a full recovery.

Olivia was one of eight schoolchildren hospitalised following the crash in Worlingham, near Beccles, on September 25.

The youngster was one of a group from Worlingham Middle School who were on a supervised walk around the village and were on the pavement when a car collided with them near All Saints' Church in Lowestoft Road.


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Olivia was trapped underneath the car and was rushed to the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston where she was found to have suffered two broken legs, a broken collarbone and a chipped bone in her wrist.

Olivia spent just over four weeks with her legs in traction and the remaining time recovering in her hospital bed before coming home to be with her mother Claire, father Kingsley and sister Ivanna.

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Mrs Li, who works as a teaching assistant at Worlingham Middle School, said: “Olivia has been fantastic. She has been very brave and we are all so proud of her. The hospital looked after her really well, and as far as we know she is expected to make a full recovery.

“Olivia likes running and swimming and hopefully she will be able to get back to doing these things.

“It is a very close-knit community and we would like to say a big thank-you to everybody for all their messages, cards and gifts. We just want to say how much we appreciate everybody's support, including friends and family. We couldn't have got through this without them.”

Olivia is thankfully on the mend, but her family have said it will take several months before she is back to full health.

Mrs Li also recalled the moment she discovered there had been a serious incident involving her daughter.

“A member of staff ran to the school and alerted staff and someone came and got me,” she said. “I ran down to the scene not knowing what to expect. It is a bit of a blur, but when we arrived at the hospital I had never seen so many medical staff swarming around.”

She added: “It is bad, but it could have been worse. We are just thankful that Olivia is at home and that she is going to be okay.”

A 40-year-old Lowestoft woman who answered her bail last Friday in connection with the crash was re-bailed to return to Lowestoft police station on December 20.

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