One year on from an accident which almost killed her, Shania Hutton enjoys her summer holiday. Photo by Jane Dawber.
Complete contrast is the only way to describe it.
This time a year ago, Shania Hutton was in a coma, on life
support in Dunedin Hospital. Now, she is playing outdoors in
the summer sun, having the most memorable holiday she can
It has been just over a year since the 11-year-old was almost
killed when she was hit by a car on a pedestrian crossing
near her Riselaw Rd home.
The accident, in December 2011, left Shania with serious head
and lung injuries, and doctors initially told her family she
was unlikely to survive.
Shania spent six months in Dunedin Hospital and the Wilson
Centre in Auckland, where she received rehabilitation and
She was able to return home last June.
Shania's mother, Jane, said the family's summer holidays
included visiting the family dairy farm at Clydevale, as well
as Central Otago.
Shania has no recollection of anything that happened from the
week before her accident until last April.
''I'm annoyed I slept through last Christmas and the
''But I'm making up for it this year.''
She was having what she called ''a hunormous'' holiday, doing
most of the things ''normal'' girls do on holiday.
Mrs Hutton said Shania's health had improved ''out of sight''
but she still had a long way to go.
''She's improving steadily. She's very stubborn - that's why
she's come so far.''
Fatigue was still a major challenge. Just doing a short day
trip left her tired for the rest of the week. So the family
had been taking life slowly.
''Life's so different now,'' Mrs Hutton said.
''Little things are now huge and exciting events.''