A teenager survived a fall from about 20ft above a disused railway bridge in Lubenham.
Ella-May Osborne broke her back in four places and had internal bleeding after the terrifying plunge 10 days ago but is amazingly well on the road to recovery and is walking around without even cuts or bruises.
Had it not been for several fortuitous circumstances, it could have been an entirely different story.
“It doesn’t bear thinking about – it’s a miracle,” said the 15-year-old’s mum Claire, who told the Mail she is probably still in shock after being told of her daughter’s horror accident at about 9.45pm on Saturday, June 7.
Ella-May was playing with friends when she reached over the bridge parapet in an attempt to retrieve a stick caught in an overhanging tree.
But the tree gave way and Ella-May fell to the ground, luckily landing on the only patch of soft ground in the vicinity – a slab-sized piece of soft grass.
And the cracked branch also played its part in helping the youngster as it broke her fall and twisted her body so she fell on her back rather than her feet or hands which medical experts said would have been a considerably more serious outcome.
Paramedics at the scene predicted the total height at about 20 feet.
The Robert Smyth Academy student has now kept the lucky branch for posterity.
The tragic nature of what could have happened to her daughter was put in stark relief mum Claire was told that another young person had fallen from the same bridge in Rushes Lane several years ago and fractured their skull.
Ella-May, who is studying her GCSEs and one day hopes to be a PE teacher, was taken to Coventry and Walsgrave Hospital on and was placed in neck and pelvic braces before being taken to a trauma unit.
“When I got there, it was like she was mummified,” said Claire, who is a care assistant.
In a touching letter, Ella-May thanked several people who came to her aid in the aftermath of the fall.
She said: “I would like to thank Jodie Donington, Ryan Bale, my step-dad Mark Pridmore and Mandi Donington for being there in the ambulance and for calling the ambulance for me.
“I’d like to thank Jodie and Ryan because they are my mates and they were there while I was lying on the ground waiting.
“And Mandi for coming in the ambulance even though she doesn’t like being in the back of cars/vans.
“Also Mark because he was there and supported me, and he got my mum and dad to the hospital.”