Sara Payne was left paralysed down the left side of her body after suffering a stroke brought on by a brain aneurysm, it has been reported.
The mother of murdered schoolgirl Sarah Payne was taken to St George's Hospital in Tooting, south London, before Christmas in a life-threatening condition.
Her family gathered at her bedside as doctors informed them she had a 50-50 chance of survival.
Mrs Payne, a child protection campaigner, survived two major brain operations in 36 hours but said she has a “long road” to recovery.
Speaking for the first time since the illness, Mrs Payne, who has deep scars from the surgery, told the News of the World: “I've got to take it slowly and be patient.
“The doctors have faith in me and know I'm a fighter.
“But I'm under no illusion — I've months of tough physio to get through and there's a long road ahead.”