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Health board promotes nursing though career change of near-fatal accident survivor

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A health board is highlighting the case of a woman left critically ill after a serious accident who was so inspired by that hospital staff that treated her that she trained to become a nurse.

Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board is promoting nursing via the story of Amanda Hopkins who changed career after 16 years in banking.

“It just goes to show that these people pretty much worked miracles with me”

Amanda Hopkin

She now works full-time on a surgical ward in Morriston Hospital where she spent six weeks after being knocked down while crossing the road in 2006.

Ms Hopkin, then aged 32, was resuscitated twice, once on the roadside after paramedics arrived and again in the hospital’s emergency department.

Her extensive injuries included two broken arms, a fractured skull, cracked ribs, a broken leg, fractured pelvis and cracked teeth.

At the time, she was told she would be unable to work full-time in any job that kept her on her feet, while her head injury meant she was unlikely to be able to study for a degree.

“I think I’ve had 11 operations in total. My knees are still not right so they will have to be replaced sometime in the future,” she said.

Ms Hopkin added that her experiences immediately after the accident and during the years of follow-up care she received prompted the change of career.

“I knew then that I wanted to be a nurse,” she said. “I applied for university, got my nursing degree in 2014 and here I am today, doing 12-hour shifts on the ward.”

She said: “When I had the accident it was a case of, you’re probably going to be in hospital for about three months, you’ll be in a wheelchair for six months, you’ll never work again full-time on your feet.

“There were so many negatives, it just goes to show that these people pretty much worked miracles with me,” she said, adding that she had no regrets about her career switch.

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