Teen crash victim Phoebe Lyle hails under-fire medic Taylor
Paralysed Phoebe (19) speaks up for doctor
A teenager who defied the odds after she was severely injured in a hit-and-run aged just three has defended a doctor who was criticised in the Hyponatraemia Inquiry report as "my hero, my saviour".
Phoebe Lyle from Bangor spoke out after the Belfast Telegraph revealed that Dr Robert Taylor had received almost £550,000 through the Clinical Excellence Award (CEA) scheme since 2001.
Only 10 hospital doctors in Northern Ireland receive such an award, which is received for outstanding contributions to the NHS.
Dr Taylor was found to have "made fatal errors" in his treatment of Adam Strain (4), one of five children whose deaths were investigated in the public inquiry.
But 19-year-old Phoebe credits Dr Taylor with her remarkable progress, and said his mistake should not be allowed to detract from his years of work with patients who owe him their lives.
Writing in today's Belfast Telegraph, the broadcast journalism student at Belfast Metropolitan College said she owed her life to Dr Taylor, and that's why she felt moved to defend him.
She added: "I agree Bob made a mistake, but we shouldn't ignore those he saved. Dr Bob - my hero, my saviour."
A successful filmmaker who hopes to have a career in the media, Phoebe added: "He reactivated my lungs three times, hence saving my life, and then fought to get me home."
When she was just three Phoebe was not expected to survive after being severely injured in the hit-and-run while on holiday with her family in Spain.
She was hurled 40 feet in the air and landed on her head, sustaining severe injuries to her spinal cord.
She spent three weeks in a coma in Spain and was still not fully conscious when transferred to the intensive care unit of the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.
It was at the hospital that she came under the care of Dr Taylor.