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North West 200 crash victim home as she vows to be 'back on own two feet by Christmas'

By David Young

Published 05/06/2015

Violet McAfee at home yesterday
Violet McAfee at home yesterday
The accident at the North West 200

The woman seriously injured in a motorcycle crash at this year's North West 200 has left hospital to return home to her family.

Mother-of-one Violet McAfee suffered head and leg injuries in the horrifying accident.

The Ballybogey woman was standing in a friend's front garden at Station Road in Portstewart on a fast part of the course when the crash happened. It left her fighting for her life.

This week she returned home to her family - but she still has a long road to recovery.

"I still have good days, bad days, but I'm on the mend, slowly but surely," she said.

Violet is currently staying with her parents, as her own home has stairs which, because of the serious leg injuries she sustained, she cannot climb.

Every week she travels Belfast's Musgrave Park hospital for continuing treatment.

"I have to do a lot of exercises to help my calf muscles regain strength," she said.

"I'm taking a regular wee turn around the garden on my crutches with one of the family with me just in case I turn too quickly and fall on my backside," she adedd.

It'll be a while before she returns to work as a civil servant in Coleraine, or to her part-time job as a waitress.

She has set herself a target of Christmas to be back on her feet, just in time for the busy holiday season.

"It'll take a good few months, to get back on my feet properly, but I'm determined to be back on my own two feet by Christmas."

Violet is philosophical about the accident that changed her life in a split second.

"You just have to accept that your life has changed and be thankful you're still living," she said.

"There's no point letting yourself get depressed. Just get on with it! That's my motto."

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