A teenager who suffered life-threatening injuries after the moped she was riding collided with a car is recovering well in hospital.
Despite being left in a coma and having to undergo major surgery to her head, chest and legs following the collision near Danby, 16-year-old Nikita Smith’s condition is now described as “comfortable.”
Her father, Andy Smith, revealed that although relieved by Nikita’s progress, the family have struggled to come to terms with the severity of the Whitby Community College pupil’s injuries.
Mr Smith said: “This had been a very difficult time for the family as at one point we had to come to terms with the fact that we could have lost Nikita.
“Despite the severe nature of the injuries she has shown an incredible will to survive and is now on her way to recovery.”
Since the collision, Nikita, of Fryup, who is ranked in the top 10 ladies motorcycle trials riders in the world, has received messages of support from well-wishers around the globe.
Mr Smith added: “The support from the world of trials has touched the whole family and we would like to thank everyone who has shown their support for our daughter.”
Nikita was travelling towards Danby village on Brook Lane near Coombs Farm when the collision with a blue Audi TT heading towards Danby Castle occurred last month.
Due to the severity of her injuries she was immediately airlifted by the Great North Air Ambulance to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, where she remains.
When the ambulance arrived at the scene, Nikita’s heart rate was measured at just four beats per minute and paramedics were concerned that she would not survive the helicopter trip to hospital.
Despite an initially bleak prognosis, Nikita has put up what a friend of the family has described as “a tremendous fight for her life against all the odds”.
She is now thought to be over the worst of her injuries and remains stable in hospital.
As well as excelling at motorsport, Nikita is also a talented martial artist.
Sensei Jim White, of Whitby Shotokan Karate Club, to which Nikita belongs, was delighted to hear of the improvement in her condition.
He said: “I was absolutely over the moon to find out that Nikita is now making really good progress. It was some of the best news I’ve ever had.
“We can’t wait to have her back at the club.”