A young mum has been told she will never walk again after breaking her neck in a horror car crash.

Kirsty Probert, 22, was returning to her hometown of Abergavenny in the early hours of August 29 when tragedy struck.

She was involved in a collision on the A465 near Pontrilas in Hereford - which has turned her life upside down.

Kirsty's parents Carol Jones and Nigel Probert have now told of their panic when they heard about the crash.

They added that the whole family - including Kirsty's three-year-old daughter Alessia - "cannot come to terms with what has happened".

Carol told WalesOnline : "Gwent Police knocked on our door at 8.05am on August 29 saying West Mercia Police had contacted them to come to tell us that Kirsty had been involved in an accident.

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"I was in tears. I was just thinking: 'Oh my God, not my Kirsty'.

"It took us until 10.20am to find out that Kirsty had been taken to the Queen Elizabeth due to the seriousness of her injuries.

"She is still there now. She has broken her neck and had to have an emergency operation with two discs removed from the front of her neck and a plate put in.

"At the back of her neck she has had a bone removed and a cage fitted. She has spinal cord damage in her neck and half way down her back."

Carol said doctors told them on the day of the incident that Kirsty would not walk again.

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"She is paralysed from the chest down and has no movement in her right arm or in either of her hands," she added.

"She has now got a tracheotomy fitted to help her breathing."

On the day of the crash Kirsty had been travelling as a passenger in the vehicle with her friend on the way back from a trip.

Carol has now set up a fundraising page in an attempt to raise as much money as possible to help her daughter to recover as well as she can.

You can donate to the fundraising page here.

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“She is absolutely devastated, particularly because she has a little girl,” Carol said.

“We cannot come to terms with what has happened to our daughter and we have been left devastated for her.

“Due to the Covid restrictions in place we can only see her for one hour a week. We have only just seen her on Saturday for a third time since the day of the collision. It’s heartbreaking.”

Carol thanked her community in Abergavenny and further afield for their support so far, adding that it is “very much appreciated at such a tragic time in our lives”.

West Mercia Police declined to comment.

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