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Paralysed woman starts walking after taking up boxing

Tabitha Fung is boxing to help her recover Credit: ITV News Central

A woman who woke up one morning to find she was paralysed from the waist down is beginning to walk again after taking up boxing.

Tabitha Fung had to have everything done for her at first but says she's now on the mend and that exercise makes her feel more positive about the future.

The law graduate, from Cradley Heath, was confined to a wheelchair after suddenly losing the feeling in her legs in May 2014.

Unable to move from the waist down, she was rushed to hospital where doctors were left baffled by the unexplained paralysis.

Tabitha was eventually told she had multiple degenerative changes of the spine, but medics could not pin-point a definite diagnosis.

Tabitha is getting stronger through training at the gym Credit: ITV Central

It was all very scary. One day I was fine, the next I was in a wheelchair. It is really frustrating not knowing what is wrong.

"I had to give up my flat in Wolverhampton and move back into the family home in Cradley Heath and I lost my job. My parents also had to convert the house to meet my needs."

– Tabitha Fung

After struggling with her paralysis, Tabitha took matters into her own hands, as appointments with her consultant and physiotherapist were unable to provide any firm answers.

She joined the Portway Lifestyle Centre in Oldbury, a centre of excellence for people with disabilities, and began working with personal trainer Scott Parish.

It has transformed my life and is definitely the best thing I could have done. Boxing is my favourite, whether it's pad work or using the bag."

"Whilst other people are doing burpees, lunges and mountain climbers, Scott and the team will find me a range of exercises to work as much of me as possible whilst I'm sitting in my wheelchair."

– Tabitha Fung
Tabitha in the gym Credit: ITV Central

Since starting her exercise programme Tabitha is now finally back on her feet, and uses a frame to walk round the house at home.

She has dropped two dress sizes since January - and even felt confident enough to go on holiday to Turkey on her own this summer.

"In my head, 2015 is the year I fully regain control of my life," she says, "whether I'm in a wheelchair or not."