Belfast Telegraph

Entrepreneur Martha Fox insists being rich saved her life

By Sherna Noah

Internet entrepreneur Martha Lane Fox has said that she would have died following her accident if she had not been wealthy.

The 42-year-old suffered 28 broken bones, had a stroke and was nearly killed in a car crash while on holiday in Morocco 10 years ago.

The dot.com multi-millionaire, who sold Lastminute.com in 2005 for £557m, now walks with a stick and has no sensation in the lower part of her body.

"I can't feel my feet, so I have to think about making every step, rather than just walking. It's miraculous I can walk, frankly," she told Radio Times magazine.

"It's boring, and hard to explain why you don't have the brainpower for some things because a bit of your brain, all the time, is having to think about movement. And that's just quite tiring."

But she said: "Money helped get me get out of Morocco, fast. It saved my life. It pays for extra nurses, it helps make life a bit easier so I can go on holidays to be in the sea, where I feel most normal.

"I'm so conscious that had the same thing happened to someone else without the financial resources, they would be dead."

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