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Since suf­fer­ing life-threat­en­ing head, chest and leg in­juries in a road traf­fic ac­ci­dent in June, six­teen-year-old Nikita Smith continues to make good progress in the James Cook Univer­sity Hospi­tal in Mid­dles­bor­ough.

The ac­ci­dent oc­curred when she was in­volved in a col­li­sion with a car whilst rid­ing her moped on a coun­try lane. When the Air Am­bu­lance ar­rived at the scene her heart­beat was four per minute and the Paramedics were con­cerned she would not sur­vive the he­li­copter trip to the hospi­tal. Against all the odds she put up a tremen­dous fight for her life and has now pulled through the most dif­fi­cult pe­riod de­spite the in­juries.

She re­mains com­fort­able in hospi­tal while the staff con­tinue to help her re­cover, keep­ing them all en­ter­tained with her happy sense of hu­mour.

Af­ter speak­ing with her par­ents, Trial Mag­a­zine Edi­tor John Hulme called in to visit her on his way to the Pen­rith WTC, as did Gas Gas UK boss John Shirt Jnr with gifts from Gas Gas rider Adam Raga and the Ladies Bri­tish Tri­als Cham­pion Emma Bris­tow. Andy Smith: “This had been a very dif­fi­cult time for the fam­ily as at one point we had to come to terms with the fact that we could have lost Nikita. De­spite the se­vere na­ture of the in­juries she has shown an in­cred­i­ble will to sur­vive and is now on her way to re­cov­ery. The sup­port from the world of Tri­als has touched the whole fam­ily and we would like to thank ev­ery­one who has shown their sup­port for our daugh­ter.”

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