Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

Child campaigner Sara Payne left paralysed

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.”

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