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Reunited after crash

Rebecca Draper was involved in a car accident, and one of her dogs ran away from the scene.  The local community came together to search for him, and he was found and reunited with his grateful owner.

Rebecca Draper was involved in a car accident, and one of her dogs ran away from the scene. The local community came together to search for him, and he was found and reunited with his grateful owner.

A woman has been ‘overwhelmed’ by the response to her husband’s plea for help to find their dog after they were involved in a head-on collision.

Rebecca Draper, 27, of Mildenhall, suffered serious injuries in the crash on December 29 and doctors had to put her into an induced coma.

As she waited for medical help after the accident she was unable to stop Rex, a German smooth-haired pointer/husky cross, running from the vehicle.

Rebecca’s husband Dustin, who suffered only minor injuries, posted an appeal on Facebook hours later to help them find two-year-old Rex.

Rebecca described the response as ‘overwhelming’.

Her friends made a pact to find Rex before she came out of the coma.

They circulated pictures and organised search parties long the A11 from Fiveways roundabout to Icklingham.

Rex was found by Frances Armstrong before Rebecca came round.

Rebecca said the first question she asked Dustin was if their dogs had survived the crash.

She said: “The fact I had woken up anyway was amazing. I was just overjoyed. I knew my injuries were bad, but it was just relief I would be returning back to my family. It would not have been the same if Rex had not been there.”

Rebecca is now recovering from her injuries and delighted to be home with Dustin, Rex and their second dog, Benji.

She said: “I want to say a huge thank you to the medical staff, ambulance crew, fire crew, Addenbrooke’s staff and all the people who shared Rex’s photo and organised search parties to find my boy. I am forever grateful to my hero Frances Armstrong. Because of you I am reunited with my family.”

 

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