A mother from Great Casterton is reclaiming her life

Jennifer Crowe with her father Ron Spencer and sons Jackson and Harrison
Jennifer Crowe with her father Ron Spencer and sons Jackson and Harrison
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A MOTHER of two is starting a new chapter in her life as she fights back from a brain injury.

Jenny Crowe was left with life-threatening internal injuries, broken bones and brain damage after being involved in a car crash two years ago.

Since then she has spent a lot of time in hospitals and rehabilitation centres but is finally starting to get her life back on track.

Her main priority is building up a relationship with her two sons, Harrison, who’s six, and Jackson, five, as well as regaining her independence.

Jenny, of Ryhall Road, Great Casterton, said: “All I can say to people is thank you for supporting me.”

Before the accident on September 2, 2009, Jenny ran three successful Montessori nurseries in Stamford, Edith Weston and Grantham.

On the day of the crash she had picked up Harrison from his first day at Great Casterton Primary School and Jackson from his grandmother’s house in Ketton when her car was involved in a collision with a bus in Ingthorpe near Great Casterton.

An air ambulance was called and she was flown to hospital.

She suffered internal injuries, two broken legs and a broken hip, but was conscious.

After eight hours of surgery and being put into a controlled coma, she woke up nearly two weeks later with brain damage.

Her father Ron Spencer said: “They expected Jenny to recover fully but when she woke up she was in a vegetative state. She couldn’t speak and could hardly move.”

At the time of the crash Jenny was about six months pregnant but she suffered a miscarriage during her treatment.

She was transferred to Lincoln Hospital in December, 2009. Eventually she learned to walk and to feed herself so she moved to Fen House rehabilitation centre in Ely where she stayed for a year.

Jenny finally moved in with her father and stepmum at their home in Great Casterton in July this year after separating from her husband.

To celebrate her homecoming and her 36th birthday, Jenny’s friends Claire Popple and Beth Loader organised a party at Empingham Cricket Club when she presented a cheque for £355 to the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance.

The money was raised by friends and family. Staff at The Crown in Great Casterton organised a pizza eating competition while Lynette hosted a beauty demonstration.

The party was attended by Jenny’s family including her sons.

Ron said: “The boys live with their dad but they visit us three times a week after school and we have them at weekends.

“We just want them to get back into some kind of routine. Jackson was only three at the time of the accident and although they visited Jenny at the hospital, they need to get to know their mum again.”

At the moment Jenny has around-the-clock support from a team of carers. She has little danger awareness and poor short-term memory.

She has also developed a habit of saying things which aren’t true without realising it. It’s something the family enjoy a joke about though, particularly as Jenny has recently convinced her carers she is off to America for two weeks this month.

Ron said: “Jenny has kept a sense of humour through all of this. She has made all the big improvements and the most we can hope for now is lots of little improvements in things like her memory and mobility.

“She isn’t likely to work again but just wants to see her boys grow up and spend as much time with them as possible.

“Our hope now is that Jenny can become more independent and we would like to renovate the house so that she can have a separate area to get on with her life.”

Jenny also hopes to be able to complete a degree in early years education.