When 29-year-old police officer Melissa Ashby woke up to find firefighters cutting her out of a car that had crashed into a house, she wondered if she would ever walk again, let alone run.
But in an amazing recovery from the horrific accident in 2001 that left her with seven fractures in her neck and back, the now 41-year-old is training for the London Marathon in April.
Ms Ashby has pieced together what happened 12 years ago and believes she blacked out in the police car she was driving as back-up for another vehicle chasing a stolen car in Kiara.
"I can't remember what happened," she said.
"All I know is waking up in the car. The ambulance was there and the fireys were cutting me out and I knew it wasn't good. I later found out I fractured three vertebrae in my neck and broke four vertebrae in my spine, as well as damage to muscles and ligaments."
Luckily, another officer had got out of the car Ms Ashby was driving, to chase one of the offenders on foot, moments before the car ploughed into the house.
Her blackout was later linked to an injury a year before while also on the job, when she was surrounded by thugs and king-hit in Midland, leaving her with vertigo and severe headaches.
Ms Ashby was off work for four months after the car accident, never went back to active duty and was retired as medically unfit in 2006. She took up running to lose the 15kg she put on during her rehabilitation. Completing the marathon is the next challenge on the list of achievements Ms Ashby has managed against the odds.
Her weekly training includes pilates, yoga and running six days. Ironically, she is fitter than when she was in the police force.Ms Ashby is doing the marathon as part of the Inspired Adventures community fundraising program to raise money for the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation. She is aiming to raise $10,000.