A midwife who careered into a talented young footballer while double the drink drive limit, throwing him 12 feet into a fence and leaving him with horrific injuries, will be allowed to return to work.

Sarah Hogg, now 51, got behind the wheel after a row with her husband at her 50th birthday party.

But she lost control of her Honda CR-V while heading home to Maghull, Merseyside, slamming into 17-year-old Alex Moffitt.

The incident in nearby Lydiate in March 2019 left the footballer and cricketer with a fractured skull, bleeding on the brain, damaged vertebrae and torn knee ligaments, reports the Liverpool Echo.

More than a year on and after lifesaving treatment and gruelling physiotherapy the St Helens Town AFC player is thought to be progressing well.

Alex Moffitt was thrown 12 metres into the air and thudded into a fence

Hogg later admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving and driving with excess alcohol, and was jailed for a year last December, serving half before being released on licence.

Her case was referred to regulator the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) which has now ruled after witnessing her remorse and seeing evidence of steps she had taken to avoid a repeat offence she should be allowed to continue practising.

The panel wrote: "You told the panel that you had destroyed the lives of your victim and his family.

"You said that you thought about them every day and that the guilt and remorse you felt would stay with you forever.

"You told the panel that you were thankful that he was making a recovery, but recognised that this was due to the care he had received from the hospital and his rehabilitation team, and that it did not diminish the severity of your actions.

"You also told the panel that you felt guilty about the impact on your colleagues and your employer, because your actions also reflect on them and you have caused them emotional distress.

"Finally, you told the panel that you recognise that your actions and convictions undermine the trust and confidence that the public expect of nurses and midwives. You said that you had embarrassed the profession and brought it into disrepute."

The crash happened in March 2019 in Kenyons Lane, Maghull

Since her release from prison Hogg has been working as a carer in a residential home.

The panel, consisting of registered nurses Clive Chalk and Yvonne O'Conner, and lay member John McGrath, stopped short of striking her off the register.

It said: "Your conviction arose from actions in your private life which are unrelated to your clinical practice.

"Although your victim sustained significant and serious injuries, there is no evidence before this panel that your actions on 23 March 2019 placed patients at a risk of harm."

It also stressed the incident should be marked with a suspension due to the serious consequences and the impact on the reputation of the profession.

Noting Hogg was still under licence conditions until the expiry of her sentence on December 16, it said: "The panel considered that, due to the seriousness of your conviction, a finding of current impairment was required to uphold public confidence in the professions and to send a message about the standards of behaviour expected of registered nurses and midwives."

Hogg was suspended from practising as a nurse or midwife for nine months.