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Woman hit by bus set for fundraising charity climb

Great Ormond Street children to benefit from bravery of 28-year-old who suffered life-changing injuries

20 September, 2019 — By Tom Foot

Saba Mirza is in St Mary’s, fundraising for Great Ormond Street

AN inspiring volunteer who has been in hospital for almost three years since being hit by a bus is preparing to climb two flights of steps for the first time in a children’s charity fundraiser.

Saba Mirza suffered life-changing injuries after being hit by a 46 bus in Warwick Avenue, yards from her family home, in November 2016.

Now 28 years old, she spent eight months in a coma and has still not been able to go home from St Mary’s Hospital to her family.

She is now preparing to climb two flights of steps for the Great Ormond Street Hospital children’s charity.

In an online post, Saba said: “I really enjoy helping others and want to give back to the GOSH for the help they gave me many years ago. I am currently in hospital in rehabilitation and am really motivated to achieve all my goals. A goal I am working really hard on is to be able to climb two flights of stairs with the help of my rehab team, which I will do on September 30.”

In March 2018 a 55-year-old bus driver was convicted of careless driving at City of London magistrates’ court. The driver walked away from court with just a fine of £770. He also received nine penalty points on his licence but has not been banned from driving ­buses.

In a response to questions about the case in City Hall, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan had said that Metroline had conducted a review and “concluded the driver could safely resume his driving duties if he passed an extensive driving test, including hazard perception”.

Saba has done charitable work for children throughout her life and worked as a teaching assistant in a special educational needs school in Swiss Cottage.

She had been recognised with awards for her voluntary work there that she said had “changed her life” and she had, until the accident, devoted her life to helping others.

Last year, her family told the Extra she would be unlikely to walk again and “may never be able to come home”.

Saba’s mother Nickie said: “Saba suffered life-changing injuries and remains in hospital and has not yet been discharged. As we approach the third year since her road traffic accident, Saba is appealing on behalf of Great Ormond Street hospital who are renowned for their work for sick children in the UK and around the world.

“In October 2017, from her hospital bed, she raised money for Cancer Research, as her cousin Mubarak had passed away a year previously from leukaemia aged 29.

“In October and November 2018, she raised funds for Cancer Research, again while in hospital.

“We hope you will join us in supporting Saba raise funds for this great hospital.”

To support Saba in her fundraising steps climb visit https://justgiving.com/fundraising/sabaranks

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