Woman paralysed from the neck down becomes a fitness instructor

A former ambulancewoman who used to be mostly paralysed from the neck down is now a fitness instructor for others who have a disability.

Wendy Hall fell down a staircase and broke her neck while with West Midlands Ambulance Service.

The future looked bleak but the 40-year-old keep fit fan wasn’t about to accept that.

Wendy, however, still works for the ambulance service but is now in the control centre. She recalls wanting to work with the road safety team, she was out shadowing a paramedic.

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That was eight years ago, and her recovery has been remarkable. Medics believe it is partly due to the fact that she was so fit before the fall.

Looking back, she says she's been very lucky to get feeling and movement back considering the level and severity of her injury.

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Today, Wendy is Sandwell Leisure Trust’s first-ever disabled fitness instructor. She takes her class, “Wendy’s Wednesdays”, at Portway Lifestyle Centre in Oldbury, for both disabled and able-bodied people, including one-to-one sessions.

Once Wendy was able to get out and about in her wheelchair after the accident she visited several local gyms but faced barriers because of her disability.

She decided that, by becoming an instructor, she would be able to help others in similar situations to herself.

Wendy started volunteering at Portway and then continued her quest to become an instructor.