A woman who was involved in a car crash in Co Donegal has received a major award for her bravery.
Melissa Devine, 28, was almost killed when the car, which was being driven on the Letterkenny to Manorcunningham dual carriageway, was accidentally struck on its side by a car accessing the busy route from a slip road.
“I kept waking up and hearing all the screaming around me and being put in the ambulance. I remember having the feeling that I couldn’t move at all and all the commotion around me. I kept slipping in and out of consciousness.”
Now Melissa, who is confined to a wheelchair, has received the Derry City Council Woman of the Year Award.
Melissa spent a month in hospital in Derry and her dreams of becoming a fitness instructor lay in tatters.
However she has taken a full part in her community life.
Melissa has worked with the Dove House Community Trust, where she is now director of the management committee, for many years – as a child in the Youthfirst programme, as a teenager in the Peer Educational Programmes and as a volunteer youth leader in the fundraising and development of Ark Park children’s play facility.
She said she was completely shocked and surprised by her award.