MIRACLE schoolgirl Olivia Bowers will be home from hospital by the end of this week.
The 14-year-old was in a coma fighting for her life just five weeks ago after she was knocked down by a car on her way to Stantonbury Campus school.
Her injuries were so bad doctors feared she may never recognise her family again, let alone talk to them.
But within a couple of weeks Olivia was defying all medical odds, smiling, speaking and even using her mobile phone to text her friends.
This week doctors announced she is fit to return to her Oakridge Park home, though she must use a wheelchair because her leg is still in plaster.
Her mum, Margaret, said: “It’s more than we could ever have hoped for. Her speech was slow at first but now it’s normal. She is just like the old Olivia again.”
Olivia will need physiotherapy as an outpatient for months but hopes to return to school as soon as possible.
Meanwhile safety campaigners are demanding the speed limit be reduced on Marlborough Street, where Olivia was crossing the road near to the ‘magic roundabout’.
Margaret added: “She was talking to her friend on the phone and probably not concentrating. It was not the driver’s fault at all and luckily the car was only travelling at just over 20 miles per hour. If it had been doing 60 – the speed limit on that road – Olivia would certainly have been killed.”
A mum of six, she was taking her youngest daughter to school on the bus when she passed the scene of the accident.
“I saw what I thought was a pile of clothes in the road and I remember thinking: ‘My Olivia has a coat like that.’ But I didn’t make the connection.
“Then my phone rang and it was the police... That was when the horrible truth dawned.”
> Caring young people from Fullers Slade youth group held a fund raising day for Olivia outside Asda in Bletchley on Sunday.