A WOMAN has told how she almost lost her leg after a horrific accident.

Evie Jones, 24, finished school at Westholme School, Blackburn, in 2015 before moving to London in 2019 to work as an actor-musician.

In October, Evie was run over by a lorry while cycling to work one morning, leaving her with life-changing injuries.

She said: “The accident took everything off my leg. All that was left was bone. I’ve had 12 operations in total including muscle and skin grafts.”

For six weeks doctors battled to save her leg and now, eight months on, she can walk with the support of a leg brace and walking stick.

Her intensive recovery routine includes a three-hour round trip, three times a week to an oxygen chamber in Morecambe.

Evie, who grew up in Mellor, said: “The hyperbaric chamber treats around 1,000 people a year. It allows higher levels of oxygen to dissolve in the body and can reach places with bad circulation or that have been damaged.

“I was a bit sceptical, but I was desperate. I was willing to try anything if it meant keeping my leg. Each time I come out of the chamber I have more energy and sleep better. Everything feels a lot easier.”

The sessions are available via a small charity called A Breath For Life, set up in 1996. It is trying to raise £100,000 to fund an extension so it can treat more people.

Evie has had more than 30 sessions so far and thanks them to helping her keep her leg.

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The charity charges just £10 for children and £25 for adults to provide affordable treatment for all. The same therapy in London is around £150 per hour.

Later in the year Evie will be opening her former school’s Arts Festival. The event will raise money for two charities – A Breath For Life and The Captain Tom Foundation.

The Arts Festival is an opportunity for students to perform to an audience – with a mix of musical performances, acting, singing and gymnastics.

Evie said: “I’m so grateful to Westholme to offer to do this. It means a lot that my school is still supporting me after I’ve left.”

Mrs Lewis, who taught Evie A-Level music, said: “Evie is one of the brightest stars we ever had on our stage. When she is on stage, she sparkles. She’s dealing with this well.”

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