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'Sleepwalking' amputee in Birmingham charity abseil

Kelly Jackson
Image caption Kelly Jackson said she heard cheering from dozens of people when she got closer to the ground

A woman who lost a leg in a crash has abseiled down the side of a hotel to raise money for three charities, despite being "petrified of heights".

Kelly Jackson, of Hall Green, Birmingham, said she "took a corner too fast" and hit a tree in Brook Lane near her home on 19 May 2013.

The 26-year-old believes she may have been sleepwalking when she got into her car.

She suffered serious burns in the crash and spent three weeks in a coma.

It took about five minutes for her to come down from the roof above the 17th floor to the second-floor car park at the Hampton by Hilton hotel on Birmingham's Broad Street at 13:25 BST.

Miss Jackson, who used to sleepwalk as a child, said it was her "assumption" that she had been doing so before the crash.

She said: "I presume so because I was in my pyjamas. I don't know because I can't remember."

Her right leg was amputated from a couple of inches above the knee.

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Image caption She was in a coma for about three weeks
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Image caption Miss Jackson (right) pictured the night before her accident

Miss Jackson said she suffered deep burns down the side of her face and spent about four months in the burns ward at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB) having various operations.

During her treatment she had the idea for the charity event when she spotted a group abseiling at the nearby Birmingham Women's Hospital.

She said: "When blocks are put in your way, you want to try more things.

"It was very nervous going over the edge... but once you get into it it was fine - easier than I thought actually.

"There were a few people who were doing it with me and they were all just saying look forwards rather than looking down. I was just staring straight in front of me at the building. I did have two little glances down but then I got a bit scared."

Image caption She began the challenge above the 17th floor of the hotel
Image caption She said "everything was a bit of a blur"
Image caption Miss Jackson was given a certificate following her achievement

Miss Jackson has raised £1,150 for the QEHB charity, the Katie Piper Foundation and LimbPower.

Michael Richardson, 82, from Rubery, and 18 others followed her in the challenge.

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