After suffering an horrific skiing accident last year Paula Craig-Worrall is starting 2015 on the fast track to recovery.
Paula, from Skegness, ruptured both her knee ligaments when she was injured getting off a ski lift. She had to be stretched off the slope at the Austrian ski resort before being flown home for surgery.
Since the accident last March Paula, 47, has had to undergo surgery on both knees at the BMI Hospital in Lincoln.
Now, just nine weeks after her final operation she has completed her first mile on the treadmill at the Embassy Fitness Suite in Skegness. An experienced athlete, Paula has taken part in several marathons and is determined to make a full recovery
She said: “The first time I got back on the treadmill it was absolutely frightening. I became quite worked up and thought I would be gripped with pain.
“There were a few days when I thought I may never get better, but on other times I have had to show fight and determination. I am proud that just nine weeks after surgery I have just run my first mile on the treadmill, I think it is a big achievement.”
Paula learnt she would need invasive surgery after it was found that the knee ligaments were too damaged for a keyhole procedure. Orthopadic surgeon Mohammad Maqsood, lead exercise referral specialist Ross Cameron and husband Phil have all helped her path to recovery.
Paula added: “Ross has been my guide, I could not have done it without him and am starting 2015 with a lot of goals.”