AFTER 13 operations and a fight for life, Courtney Cora Robinson is finally going home.
The teenager has suffered a seven- month nightmare after breaking her leg during a trampolining accident.
Doctors originally fitted metal rods to the 15 year-old’s femur in a bid to help the bone heal.
But Courtney’s body rejected the support, leading her to develop five serious infections, undergo three blood transfusions and pay three visits to intensive care.
Courtney’s mum, Tracy Frazier, 40, said: “It’s been an absolute nightmare and seems to have been one awful thing after the other.
“I don’t know how, but Courtney has kept a smile on her face the whole time.
“She’s been so brave and has been the one to keep me going. I’m so proud of her.”
Five weeks ago, Courtney was again rushed into intensive care, where medics discovered she had developed another serious infection.
In the first week, which fell on her 15th birthday, four operations were carried out on her leg.
Surgeons at the hospital were then tasked with coming up with a way to treat the infection, which had seeped into her bone.
Using pioneering technology, they designed a metal rod laced with antibiotics that goes through the hip and into the femur, where it is fixed with three screws.
During her fifth operation, the rod was put in place and it is hoped the antibiotics will gradually fight off the infection from inside.
Single mum Tracy, who has two sons aged 10 and 19, said: “It’s been a rough seven months but she’s a little trouper and has been so mature through the whole thing.
“We’ve just really got to hope that this works. I’ve touched every bit of wood in sight and rubbed my piece of coal from the last coal mine.”
Yesterday, Courtney was released from hospital and was driven home in style after the North East Roadrunners MCC of Hetton paid for a limo to pick her up.
She will use a wheelchair and crutches to get around and a physiotherapist will visit once a week to help her regain the strength to walk.
Courtney, who has been unable to attend Houghton Kepier School since October, will also have to repeat Year 10.
Courtney, of Hetton, said: “It’s been a really difficult time for me and it feels strange to be out of hospital but it’s nice to be at home at last.
“I was stunned when I saw the limo. It was a really nice surprise and I wasn’t expecting it at all.”
Youth worker Tracy and Courtney would like to thank staff on Ward F63 and the Roadrunners for their support.