Clean break for Midwife Michelle after crash

“There's nothing worse than thinking 'I could have' or 'I should have'. Just try and hopefully you'll get to where you want to be!”

Michelle Dewsnap, Midwifery

A Staffordshire University graduate, determined to fulfil her dream of becoming a midwife, fought her way back to health after breaking her back in a serious car crash.

Michelle Dewsnap, from Whitchurch, ran her own industrial cleaning business for several years before deciding to pursue her passion to become a midwife at the age of 35.

She explained: “I'd always wanted to do Midwifery but didn't think I had the brains for it. I came to a crossroads in my life and decided I can either carry on what I'm doing or pursue something different.”

After completing an access course, Michelle secured a place on the Midwifery degree course at Staffordshire University but at the start of her second year was involved in a head-on collision and suffered serious injuries.

Michelle broke her back in two places and had to wear a back brace for five months, putting her university studies on hold.

She said: “More than anything I was really, really gutted that I wouldn't be able to carry on with the course. It was something that I'd taken so long to try and then this happened.”

Determined to make a fast recovery and return to her studies, Michelle even paid for her own physiotherapy treatment to speed up the process.

“That year felt so long, especially lying there not being able to do anything.” she remembers.

“But my tutor was brilliant. We kept in touch and everything was in place and organised so that when I did return it was a smooth process.”

After taking a year out Michelle was welcomed back onto the course and graduated at the University's awards ceremonies at Trentham Gardens last week. She has now secured a job as a midwife at the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford and is loving her new role.

“It's never too late to go and try something new and if it doesn't work out then at least you know.” urged Michelle.

“There's nothing worse than thinking 'I could have' or 'I should have'. Just try and hopefully you'll get to where you want to be!”

 

 

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