By Lia Bichel
But after more than a month of operations, medical tests, physiotherapy and plenty of flashbacks and nightmares, Pakenham’s Rebecca Bishop is determined to get her life back on track.
Ms Bishop, 27, was heading to a food-handling course at Deakin University about 8.30am on 20 February when she was involved in a smash with a semi-trailer.
Her mangled Holden Viva station wagon was wedged under the semi-trailer as she clung to life inside.
She was trapped for three hours while SES crews performed what one veteran CFA officer described as the most difficult rescue in 30 years.
Ms Bishop suffered two brain bleeds, a broken shoulder, two breaks in her collarbone, a break in her back, severed tendons in her arms and a haematoma in her left leg.
She spent a week in The Alfred hospital before moving to the Victorian Rehabilitation Centre in Glen Waverley, where she remains today on the road to recovery.
She hopes her story encourages drivers to stay vigilant while driving on Victorian roads.
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