Kelly’s fight back from se­ri­ous brain in­juries af­ter car ac­ci­dent

RE­COV­ERY: Doc­tors told Kelly she might never work again

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - NEWS - GRAHAM BROWN

An award-win­ning busi­ness­woman whose nail sa­lon is draw­ing cus­tomers from as far afield as Lon­don hopes the story of her fight­back from se­ri­ous brain in­jury may help oth­ers on their road to re­cov­ery.

Kelly Christie from Montrose was brought back to life three times and given lit­tle hope of sur­vival fol­low­ing a car ac­ci­dent 11 years ago.

She was in a coma fol­low­ing the crash as a re­sult of suf­fer­ing in­juries in­clud­ing a frac­tured skull and the se­vere brain trauma that left the young mum strug­gling to cope with the most ba­sic of daily tasks.

Warned that she may never work again and would re­quire the help of a carer to com­plete nor­mal daily tasks, Kelly suf­fered se­vere de­pres­sion and at­tempted to take her own life.

“At three years’ re­cov­ery I was no fur­ther for­ward and the rou­tine of two steps for­ward and 20 back was a night­mare for me,” she said.

Kelly’s turn­around be­gan when she started re­ceiv­ing pri­vate med­i­cal care and she slowly be­gan to re­build her life.

“Be­fore the ac­ci­dent I was a chef and could do 100 meals no bother, but I

“Be­fore the ac­ci­dent I was a chef and could do 100 meals no bother, but I for­got how to cook and be­ing un­able to do even the sim­plest things made me frus­trated and an­gry. KELLY CHRISTIE

for­got how to cook and be­ing un­able to do even the sim­plest things made me frus­trated and an­gry,” she said.

She added: “I was a model for a nail sa­lon in town for com­ple­tions and train­ing – I al­ways has my nails done – and this was the first and only thing I had an in­ter­est in, which then helped me con­cen­trate a bit bet­ter.

“I trained to the high­est level I could in all my treat­ments.

“I am fully booked most weeks with clients com­ing from as far as Lon­don.

“I have only ever been in­ter­ested in do­ing my job, I don’t care about money but my job saved my life and gave me a rea­son to be here, a rea­son to get out of bed in the morn­ing and to con­cen­trate on my per­sonal life at home with my daugh­ter.”

Kelly has also paid trib­ute to the part played in her tran­si­tion to suc­cess­ful busi­ness­woman by friend Ross Mur­ray, the fi­nance di­rec­tor of Acu­men Ac­coun­tants in Aberdeen

“I have no in­ter­est in money, ac­counts and num­bers. I get con­fused, an­gry and up­set with pure frus­tra­tion and avoided it at all cost,” added Kelly.

“I used to work with Ross as a chef and we got chat­ting one night about what jobs we have now. When I told him what I was like with my ac­counts that gave him the fear and he got back in con­tact with me to say he could help.

“For 11 years I have planned, tried and failed so many times to be in a rou­tine with my home and busi­ness but Ross has helped me in so many ways, mak­ing things much eas­ier and tak­ing pres­sure off me.”

gbrown@the­courier.co.uk

Pic­ture: Paul Smith.

Kelly Christie hopes her story will help oth­ers who are on the road to re­cov­ery.

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