EIGHT years ago Christina Corp was in a coma with doctors warning her parents she would probably never wake up.
But yesterday the 25-year-old was named achiever of the year in a glittering national awards ceremony at the Dorchester Hotel in London.
Christina, from Stubbington, was presented with her award by double Olympic gold medalist James Cracknell.
The annual event is run by UK-wide charity Headway – the brain injury association, of which Cracknell is vice president.
She said: ‘I didn’t have a clue that I’d won – it didn’t register at first. It’s amazing.’
Her mum Jackie nominated Christina for the award.
Christina added: ‘I’m hoping that it will show everyone what a girl with brain damage can do. It upset me when people would say “Oh look, poor her” and write me off, but I want to show what I’m capable of.
‘I want to be an inspiration to others so they can look at what I’ve done and think: “If she’s done it, so can I”.
Christina was involved in a horrific car crash that left her in a 13-week coma.
Her progress has astounded medical experts.
It has been a long process, through years of rehabilitation and re-learning even basic skills, but Christina is now able to live on her own.
Alongside this, she has returned to college and completed a three-year health and social care course, she volunteers in the Headway charity shop in Fareham, and regularly gives public talks to raise awareness.
Chief executive of Headway Peter McCabe said: ‘Christina is an incredible young woman.
‘She has shown tremendous strength, courage and determination to rebuild her life following her accident, and her recovery is inspirational.
‘She is a thoroughly deserving winner.’