From coma to marathon track

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Bethany Wragg

Running 10 kilometres is a challenge for most of us any day of the week, but what about 15 months after you were lying in an induced coma in the Alfred Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit, following a horrific car crash?

Royal Auto first met Bethany Wragg as part of our award-winning ‘Impact’ series last year, as she recovered from the July head-on collision that almost killed her.

On October 15, as part of the Melbourne Marathon Festival, Bethany plans to complete the 10-kilometre event, and has already raised a swag of cash for acquired brain injury research from her huge circle of friends, and friends of friends, who are inspired by her bravery.

Bethany told Royal Auto that training for the event has been tough. “I’ve been doing nine-kilometre runs with a friend, but I run about 600 metres and then walk for a bit, then run again.”

Given she was in a Caulfield acquired brain injury rehabilitation ward this time last year, it’s a remarkable effort. “The left side of my body was the only thing, but it’s getting stronger,” she said. “My left leg was dragging when I was running for a while, but I’ve built up its strength and it’s okay now, I think.”

Bethany says trying to return to full health is still a constant effort, and has been since January 10, which is burned into her brain as the day she finally came home from hospital.

She hopes to return to study next year after devoting all of 2017 to physically and mentally recuperating from the crash, which happened when her car and a ute collided on Dalrymple Road, Sunbury, as she was heading to netball training. An A-grade netball player for Sunbury, Bethany continues to show her fighting qualities.

Bethany’s team aims to raise $20,000

Written by Nick Place
October 11, 2017

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