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'Inspiring' writer with amputated leg visits Hornchurch academy to talk about her life-changing experience

PUBLISHED: 10:00 11 March 2017

Writer Ella Dove speaking to pupils at the Olive AP Academy. Picture: Lisa Wilson

Writer Ella Dove speaking to pupils at the Olive AP Academy. Picture: Lisa Wilson

Lisa Wilson

Children were given an insight into the life of an "inspiring" writer who had to have her leg amputated after a freak accident.

Pupils at the Olive AP Academy, Inskip Drive, Hornchurch, which gives support to those with complex needs who have left mainstream education, were visited by writer Ella Dove who spoke to them about how she lost part of her right leg.

Deputy headteacher Lisa Wilson said: “Ella was amazing.

“She doesn’t like to use the word inspiring as she says she wasn’t before the accident, but she really was.

“I wanted her to speak to the pupils because she has had so many struggles to cope with but she has got her life back together despite it all.

“These pupils have made mistakes and that’s why they’re at the academy but this doesn’t have to define the rest of their lives. And I think Ella has shown them that.

“The boys treated her with dignity and respect throughout her visit and I am very proud of them.”

Last year, Ella went jogging with her sister, who was training for a half marathon,, when she then tripped over and dislocated her right knee.

The knee bone cut through a major artery and just a few days later, surgeons had to amputate the lower part of her leg at the Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel.

Pupils were able to ask her questions about the accident and what life has been like for her since she lost her leg.

Ella said: “Speaking to the children at Olive was a great experience, and one which I feel was mutually beneficial.

“They were able to chat to me openly and understand about injury, including what to do in the case of an emergency.

“Meanwhile, I found it a really cathartic process speaking about what had happened.

“In explaining each step of my journey, I realised just how far I’ve come.

“The students had some really great, insightful questions, and I hope they found the visit useful. I know I did.

“What happened to me was a truly awful freak accident, but I’m determined to make something positive come of it.

“I hope the students have learnt the importance of looking to the future, and that they’ll go on to follow their dreams, no matter what obstacles may lie ahead.”

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