A WOMAN who was thrown ten feet through the air after being hit by a car on a busy road has thanked those who helped save her life.

Steph Blake was left with serious head injuries and a broken jaw following the crash on the A35 Totton Bypass.

The 20-year-old from Eling was on her way to work when the crash happened on June 22.

Within minutes, two road ambulances and an air ambulance were at the scene.

The crew had to stabilise her on the side of the road before taking her to Southampton General Hospital.

Now Steph has visited the South Central Ambulance Service station in Nursling to thank the people who saved her life and hand over a donation of £690 to the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA).

She said: “I don’t remember anything other than crossing the road. I was in a coma for nearly a month and I woke up to my dad in the hospital room.

“I had absolutely no idea what had happened to me. I felt fine, it was a situation I couldn’t avoid.”

Having landed a job with Easy Jet as an air hostess just weeks before the accident, Steph’s determination and strength helped her overcome her injuries.

The money, which was raised by Steph’s family and friends, was handed over to the HIOWAA charity.

Ian Browning, HIOWAA community engagement manager, said: “Every penny raised goes to the charity. We can’t thank the family enough.”

When the ambulance arrived at the scene Steph had blood pouring from her ears.

She needed a six-hour operation to remove the front of her skull, allowing her brain to swell after the severe trauma to her head.

Amee Lake, from Portsmouth, was the senior emergency call sector on duty in Otterbourne when the accident call came in.

She said: “It was quite a calm morning, and the suddenly all of these calls started coming through. Luckily it was my team who were on, they are extremely dedicated and hardworking. I can’t thank them enough.”