A mum's homecoming

KELLIE Shepherd dreams that one day she'll be able to get back on the animal that almost took her life.

South Launceston's Kellie Shepherd returned home yesterday after more than a year recovering from injuries received after being kicked by a horse.   Picture: PHILLIP BIGGS

South Launceston's Kellie Shepherd returned home yesterday after more than a year recovering from injuries received after being kicked by a horse. Picture: PHILLIP BIGGS

The South Launceston mother of three is one step closer to her dream after walking into her home this week after spending more than 15 months in hospital.

Ms Shepherd was kicked in the head by a horse in March 2013.

The accident left her paralysed down the left side of her body and she had to learn to walk all over again.

It took a year before she could walk just 15 metres, but yesterday she could walk about 150 metres.

Ms Shepherd said it felt good to walk out of the John Grove Rehabilitation Centre, which she was transferred to last November after spending months in the Royal Hobart Hospital.

``It was wonderful,'' she said.

``I'd always said I wanted to walk out of there and I did it.

``It was like saying goodbye to a little family. I wouldn't have got as far as I have if it wasn't for the support and the work that they've helped me do.''

Ms Shepherd's next goal is to get movement back in her left arm, which is still paralysed.

Then, eventually, she wants to run again.

``I feel like I'm going very well,'' Ms Shepherd said.

``I hope to get back to work soon [at Longford's Mitre 10], but I want to get a little better first.''

The big dream for Ms Shepherd is to get back on a horse.

``I haven't been face to face with one yet, but my heart tells me I want to ride again,'' she said.

For now, it is rest time for Ms Shepherd as she continues her rehabilitation from home.

``Sleeping in a normal bed is lovely,'' she said.

Ms Shepherd will be visited by a physio and an occupational therapist twice a week.

She is also assisting the John Grove Rehabilitation Centre Centre with its new garden, as planting is one of her hobbies.

She said it would be lovely to see the facility receive a little more funding so it could continue its hard work of looking after people like her. 

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