The miracle story.
On October 10, 2015, I dropped my friend off after celebrating her birthday and on my way home, a drunk driver hit me in my vehicle.
As his vehicle was coming towards me, my hands came off the wheel and I laid down across the seats of my car, just as his SUV drove straight at my driver’s side door.
I believe that was a miracle and that saved my life that night. If that would have not happened, I don't believe I would have survived the crash that night.
I had 2 surgeries to repair the severely broken bones to my right arm, 8 weeks of not being able to work , 5 months to finally return back to work on a full time basis and 1 year of weekly physiotherapy appointments.
I avoided driving for months, terrified to relive that split-second moment when sheer force shattered my bones.
I had to re-teach my right arm and my dominant right hand how to do things as simple as making a fist, holding my tooth brush or gripping a pen…
That night, I became a drink driving statistic in New Zealand.
Every week, at least 1 person is killed by someone who has been drinking too much or who has taken illegal drugs.
But I was never alone. I had friends, church network, my own family – all rallied around, supporting me as I walked the slow and painful road to recovery.
But on my road to recovery, No One Ever Stands Alone was born. I started NESA to raise awareness of the effects of drunk and drugged driving
-because no one should ever have to stand alone after being affected by this preventable act.
I believe we can save lives and end drunk and drugged driving for the generations in New Zealand. Join us and make a difference in Aotearoa!
Leah Abrams - CEO
*Photo courtesy of FAIRFAX NZ
Join us and make a difference in New Zealand
Roadside breath tests drop by 350,000 in 2018- 26/03/2019
Drink-driving limit: - 22/01/2020
NZ Herald - 8/06/2017
NZ First MP wants to raise the drink driving limit - 30/06/2018
Alcohol breath tests drop almost 30 percent in five years - 26/02/2018
Key to zero road deaths accepting 'people make mistakes' - expert - 11/11/2017
Number of Police drink-drive - 12/03/2019
'It was the worst day of my life' - 10/10/2018
Stuff on 13 October 2016, 10 December 2015 and 21 December 2017
"Crash survivor says we shouldn't use the term 'road toll' - 21/12/2017
National Drunk and Drugged driving awareness day - 09/10/2018
Interview - 9/10/2017
ONE MORE SECOND - UK Road Safety Magazine
Why I set up a drunk driving awareness charity - 1/06/2017
TWU ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
Alumna uses near-death experience to help save others - 7/3/2018
THE PROJECT - TV3
The NESA Story - 21/04/2017
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