MY MIRACLE STORY
I am a daughter, sister, auntie, friend, business women, mentor and now a survivor.
And on October 10, 2015, I became a drink driving statistic in New Zealand.
One of 422 serious injuries caused by a driver under the influence of alcohol.
If I hadn’t lay down across the seats of my car, just as his SUV drove straight at my driver’s side door – I would be the person killed by a drunk driver that week.
That’s right: Every week, at least 1 person is killed by someone who has been drinking too much.
One mother, father, sister, brother, friend – gone. Families destroyed because another person’s senseless decision.
But mine is a miracle story, I survived that night.
I was one of the lucky ones: I have 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…
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.
And that’s why I started NESA: To end drink and drugged driving in New Zealand
-because no one should ever have to stand alone after being affected by this preventable act.
Join us and make a difference in Aotearoa!
Leah Abrams - CEO/Trustee
*Photo courtesy of FAIRFAX NZ
Join us and make a difference in New Zealand
NZ Herald - 8/06/2017
NZ First MP wants to raise the drink driving limit - 30/06/2018
'It was the worst day of my life' - 10/10/2018
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
THE PROJECT - TV3
The NESA Story - 21/04/2017
For any interviews, comments or media inquires; text or call us on 021 0294 1989.