[Becky Bond | Yorkshire Post]

“I literally had a dream that I was watching a pole dancer. In the dream, I told my friends that I wanted to have a go and they all just looked at me as if to say ‘aw bless her.’ Then I got out of my wheelchair and did it,”

Georgina Hurst’s life changed forever she was left partially paralysed in a car crash, but pole dancing has helped her.

“I literally had a dream that I was watching a pole dancer. In the dream, I told my friends that I wanted to have a go and they all just looked at me as if to say ‘aw bless her.’ Then I got out of my wheelchair and did it,” says Georgina Hurst.

Georgina Hurst from Eldwick, who was injured in a car accident leaving her in a wheelchair, has  learnt to pole dance. Picture Tony Johnson.
Georgina Hurst from Eldwick, who was injured in a car accident leaving her in a wheelchair, has learnt to pole dance. Picture Tony Johnson.

“The dream was so powerful, that when I woke up, I researched some local classes and just got on with it. Honestly, it’s been so liberating.”

In 1998, aged just 25, paramedic George, as she prefers to be known, sufferd catastrophic injuries when she was involved in a high speed head-on collision.

She suffered a broken neck, broken leg, torn liver, kidney and bladder, shattered pelvis and punctures in both lungs. She was resuscitated five times after her heart stopped.

Now she relies heavily on a wheelchair to get around and a team of carers she prefers to call ‘friends’.

devastating: Georgina, then a paramedic, broke her neck in a car crash aged 25.
Georgina, then a paramedic, broke her neck in a car crash aged 25.

“I was in hospital for about 18 months and when I eventually left, I still needed somebody with me 24-7. I couldn’t wash, dress, or even make a drink independently, never mind a meal,” explains George.

“Now, I just need assistance with a bit of cooking and cleaning. Oh, and straightening my hair.”

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