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Drink-drive crash victim's Twitter thread sparks huge response

Kady Middleton Image copyright Kady Middleton
Image caption Kady Middleton made a return to Woolscott to walk the crash route and meet several neighbours who supported her recovery

A woman's story of returning to the scene of a "life changing" car crash has been shared thousands of times on Twitter.

Kady Middleton and then-boyfriend Louis Bronstein were walking on a lane in Woolscott, Warwickshire, when they were hit by a drink-driver.

They had to learn to walk again in a "rollercoaster" recovery.

Five years later, she posted a thread about what happened, which has now been liked more than 13,000 times.

Despite wearing jackets with reflective pads, a pick-up truck ploughed into the pair when they went for a stroll after dinner on 26 January 2015.

Miss Middleton, 26, who now lives in Southampton, sustained two collapsed lungs, a burst stomach artery, a torn oesophagus, liver and pancreas and multiple broken bones.

While Mr Bronstein, 30, from Leamington Spa, suffered a crushed artery, knee and ligament damage and broken bones including his vertebrae.

Image copyright Kady Middleton
Image caption Kady Middleton and Louis Bronstein have since found love with new partners, but remain firm friends

They both spent months in the trauma ward at University Hospital Coventry and had scores of operations.

Truck driver Alistair Clutton, 37, from Rugby, admitted two counts of causing serious injury through dangerous driving.

He was jailed for two years and eight months and banned from driving for four years at Warwick Crown Court in December 2015.

On the anniversary of the crash, Miss Middleton took to Twitter as she returned to the scene, recalling the events of the crash and the pair's recovery.

"Louis and I learnt to walk again. I learnt to eat again. We helped build each other back up," said Miss Middleton, who now works for the BBC's social news team in London.

"The emotional side has affected me more than anything. Don't get me wrong, the injuries were horrific but nothing could have prepared me for the dark places my mind took me."

She told followers she had walked the crash route "visiting my old neighbours who looked after me" and said it was a "joy" to meet locals who supported the couple.

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Her thread has received thousands of replies from Twitter users, many of whom called her story "inspirational".

Miss Middleton and Mr Bronstein have found love with new partners, but remain firm friends.

She added: "His support through tough times has been second to none. Although I am surrounded by love from my family and friends, having someone who actually went through it all and understands completely is a blessing."

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