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Ashford mum Victoria Isaacs left so badly injured in Tesco horror crash she was given 0% chance of survival

An Ashford mum has spoken about the life-changing impact of a nightmare accident that left her fighting for her life.

Victoria Isaacs, 33, who lives near the town centre, was mown down by an elderly driver while waiting to get her car cleaned in the car park of Tesco’s Crooksfoot supermarket in February.

The former hygiene operative suffered extensive injuries, including serious brain damage, and was given a 0% chance of survival by doctors.

Victoria Isaacs with her mum Letty McKean
Victoria Isaacs with her mum Letty McKean

But even though Miss Isaacs beat the odds, she has had to give up her job, her driving licence and most of her independence.

Speaking exclusively to the Kentish Express, she said: “Three days before the accident I had been saying ‘I love my life, my life is perfect.”

"I had been with my partner 13 years, I have a great family, then my whole world got picked up and smashed.

“James Leban, my neurosurgeon, said in 33 years he has never seen anyone survive the injuries I had."

The mum-of-one has irreversible brain damage and suffers daily with headaches, back pain, anxiety, fatigue, muscle pain and a host of other problems.

Her mother Letty McKean left her Tunbridge Wells home on the day of the accident, moved in with her daughter and her six-year-old granddaughter and has provided 24-hour care ever since.

Miss Isaacs added: “Fatigue is a big thing for me. I am constantly tired, I wake up tired and some days I can’t even get up.

“I used to be very confident and happy with my life but now I have no confidence at all.”

Emergency services at the scene. Pic: Kent999s
Emergency services at the scene. Pic: Kent999s

Pensioner Roy Smith, of Riverview, was at the wheel of his Renault Scenic during a shopping trip to the store off Hythe Road, Willesborough when it struck Miss Isaacs, who had been standing on the pavement near the car wash.

He had been driving to the supermarket with his wife when he hit the accelerator rather than the brake.

In just seconds the nightmare left a trail of destruction, as his car smashed into two parked cars, a number of bollards and hit Miss Isaacs.

She was flown to St George’s Hospital in London where she spent nearly six weeks on life-support in a coma and doctors told her family she had 0% chance of survival.

But on March 13, doctors stopped her sedation and after a few hours, she started moving.

Miss Isaacs added: “I don’t remember waking up. I was non-responsive, I couldn’t speak, couldn’t walk, I had one eye up and one eye down.

“My family were told that it was as good as I was going to get.”

But weeks later, and more than 10 weeks after the accident, Miss Isaacs started responding and entered a gruelling rehabilitation programme.

The air ambulance. Stock image.
The air ambulance. Stock image.

She now has a team of doctors working on her care plan, funded by the car insurance company of Mr Smith.

She said: “I don’t know what I would do without my mum.

“We were extremely close before the accident, but we are like magnets now.

“It’s been completely life-changing, not only for me but for my family and my child.

“I would like this not to have happened. I just want everything to be okay, I want it to be back to normal.

“But I know I’m lucky that I’m here to see my daughter grow up, she’s everything to me. I feel so blessed that I still get to see my beautiful girl.

“I was brought up to get on with things. Yes things are hard but that’s life and you have to keep going.

“Because of my severe injuries, no one thought I would survive. I have heard that I’m a miracle a thousand times.

“I wasn’t given a 1% chance, I was given 0%. I was knocking on heaven’s door but I’m here today.

“I feel that I’m a fighter and I want to give people hope to not turn that life support off, to keep going.

“I don’t remember anything from the accident but it has had a huge impact on absolutely every aspect of my life.

Tesco Crooksfoot, Ashford Picture: Gary Browne
Tesco Crooksfoot, Ashford Picture: Gary Browne

“I am still very much in recovery and will be for the rest of my life. Things will never be the same again.”

Victoria’s mum, Mrs Letty McKean said: “In the taxi on the way to the hospital, the doctors were ringing me to say ‘you have to get here as quick as you can’, because they thought she wasn’t going to make it.

“It was the longest journey of my life.

“When I got to the hospital the first thing I saw was blood on the floor and I knew it was hers.

“She hadn’t had the stitches in her head yet and she was in a bad way. I will never forget that sight.

“They took me into the waiting room to hell and kept telling me to turn the machine off but I kept saying no.

“It was devastating. I just felt like the bottom of my world had fallen out.

“Weeks later I saw a light come on her machine showing that she was trying to breath on her own, that gave me hope.”

Appearing at Canterbury Crown Court last week, pensioner Roy Smith admitted the incident but was spared jail.

Instead he was banned from driving for five years after admitting causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Miss Isaacs said: “I do feel gutted by the outcome.

“If it was me who did it to him, I would not be walking out of the courtroom as a free as a bird. I would have gone to prison.

“I’m sure if he has feelings about it then he must feel horrible, but it’s like he hasn’t been punished.

“I have to live my whole life with brain damage and 101 other problems: the constant pain, the fatigue, the anxiety and everything else.

“When he came out of court, he went to a cafe - I went to bed.

“I feel like the victim roles have reversed.

“But I don’t wish anything on the driver. He has to live with what he has done.”

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