Kellie celebrates milestone

A LITTLE walk meant a lot for Launceston woman Kellie Shepherd yesterday as about 150 of her family and friends gathered at Royal Park to celebrate a milestone.

Yesterday marked exactly one year since the 39-year-old mother of three suffered life-threatening injuries when kicked in the head by one of her horses.

Ms Shepherd spent 10 weeks in a coma in the Royal Hobart Hospital following the kick and was paralysed down the left side of her body.

It wasn't until November, when Ms Shepherd was transferred to Launceston's John Grove Rehabilitation Centre, that she took her first steps again - ones that doctors weren't sure she was ever going to make.

Ms Shepherd wasn't able to walk without her brace and physio at Royal Park yesterday, but was still able to prove that she could stand again.

She then led the group of friends and family for a short walk to the Seaport and back   to celebrate the one-year-on milestone.

``It's absolutely amazing,'' Ms Shepherd said after the walk.

``I didn't expect there to be so many people.''

The walk was followed by a barbecue and was also a chance for the former Longford Mitre 10 employee to say thanks to everyone who had helped her along the way.

The walk is one that the family hope will become an annual celebration.

``Next year  I'm going to walk,'' Ms Shepherd said.

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