Wretton’s Libby for the high jump

Libby Mitcheson-Smith
Libby Mitcheson-Smith
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A Wretton woman who suffered a stroke two years ago will be overcoming her fear of heights to complete a charity sky dive today.

Libby Mitcheson-Smith, 50, will be giving something back to the stroke unit at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital when she jumps out of a plane at Beccles Airfield.

Mrs Mitcheson-Smith has overcome a number of difficulties over the last few years including paralysis but is determined to take on the challenge. So far she has raised more than £600.

She said: “I am petrified of heights but I can’t let people down.

“I’ve told them that I want to be the first off the plane.

“My life was turned upside down but I’m working hard to turn things around.”

Mrs Mitcheson-Smith has few memories of the stroke but was luckily with her daughter Lauren when it happened.

Lauren was able to call the ambulance immediately and get Mrs Mitcheson-Smith to hospital in the important three hour window. She received thrombolysis treatment to break down the blood clot Unfortunately this is not the only illness she has had contend with.

Functional paralysis left her paralysed from the neck down for some time but she recovered enough feeling to walk with a stick.

She has also suffered heart problems and also last February underwent an operation for a double hernia which left her in intensive care for five days.

Mrs Mitcheson-Smith’s determination has also helped her to lose more than seven stone.

Her daughter Lauren said: “The last two years have been challenging, but with much hard work and determination mum is now out of the wheelchair, off the frame 
and walking with the aid of a stick.

“However, just walking is not enough for her and she has decided to jump out of an airplane and sky-dive!”

If you would like to sponsor Mrs Mitcheson-Smith you can email her on libby.ms1@gmail.com