Real Life

Where are they now: Dolphin girl – baby on the way

From health battles to missing persons, we update our biggest real-life stories of the year

Kelly Lawson, who survived being crushed by a dolphin, welcomed her little girl Alyssa into the world after being told her chances of becoming a mum were slim.

The freak accident in 2006 made headlines all over the world and left Kelly fighting for her life from horrific internal injuries.

Amazingly, Kelly recovered from her broken back, smashed ribs and four cracks in her pelvis, only to be told that it was unlikely for her to get pregnant and carry a baby.

Destined to beat the odds yet again, Kelly (26) became pregnant and gave birth to baby Alyssa in February.

She and her husband Dion shared their joy and first pictures of gorgeous Alyssa with New Zealand Woman’s Weekly readers back in April, and letters of congratulations flooded in to the magazine afterwards.

And now there’s even more good news – Kelly and Dion (35), of Auckland, are expecting a second little miracle, due in mid-2011.

“It’s only the early stages yet, but we’re very excited,” says Kelly, who still has pain from her injuries. “I’ve been very lucky so many times in my life.”

Now 10 months old, Alyssa is the absolute apple of both her parents’ eyes.

“This little girl rocks my world,” says Kelly. “I’m absolutely loving being a mum.”

Kelly has come a long way since that day when a cruise with friends in the Coromandel became a nightmare struggle to survive.

During the boat trip, a 300kg dolphin jumped out of the water and landed on Kelly. Dion, who was on the boat trip, rarely left Kelly’s side during her battle for life and the couple married shortly after her incredible recovery.

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