Crash left Caitlin brain damaged, but now ‘her smile gives us hope’ says family

Caitlin is making a great recovery after a freak car accident left her brain damaged. Pictured with cousins Rachael and Phil.
Caitlin is making a great recovery after a freak car accident left her brain damaged. Pictured with cousins Rachael and Phil.

Friends are hoping to raise money to support vital treatment helping a young Mansfield woman get her life back after a major brain trauma.

Caitlin Gregory was nearly killed in November last year when she was hit by a car while on a night out.

The crash left the 24-year-old from Forest Town in a near-vegetative state.

Likened to a waking coma, she remained “minimally conscious” for months, but her family say she has since made great progress as she becomes more alert and responsive -–and their hopes build for the girl they describe as the “perfect daughter”.

Dad Neil Gregory said: “She’s been showing more emotion in these past few weeks and she’s smiling and laughing with you, and when it’s time to leave she starts crying. It’s awful, but the fact she’s got the capacity to cry – it’s so daft, but it’s a positive.

“Caitlin has the capacity for simple games, so we try to do something different every day.

“When you take into account where we were in November ,it’s an amazing improvement.

“It’s still very uncertain. Nobody can tell you what sort of recovery Caitlin will make, but we have hope for her.”

Caitlin is still being treated in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, a 160-mile round trip from home and it is thanks to the huge generosity of friends and supporters that the family have been able to visit regularly.

Neil said: “We’re so grateful – people have been amazing.

“We have friends who have been driving for four hours and put the petrol in the car to make sure we can go and see her. These people have become part of the family.”

Neil also thanks the numerous friends and relatives who have been travelling to keep Caitlin company and help her recover.

A fundraiser is organised to provide support for Caitlin’s ongoing treatment in hospital, and later when she returns home. Friend Emily Barker said: “People who heard about Caitlin were so touched by what’s happened and everyone has shown a huge amount of support, so if anyone would like to help further, please buy a ticket and come and support us.”

The event takes place at Jango’s Indoor Play Area, off Sandlands Way, Forest Town, on May 7, with face painting, a raffle and other activities for children.