Ashley Taws medical progress update 2003-03-03

Race driver Taws making rapid progress in Rehab. March 3, 2003 (Toronto, Ontario): Ashley Taws, the nineteen-year-old driver of the "Be Anything With Barbie at Wal-Mart" race car is improving daily as she battles back from injuries incurred in a...

Race driver Taws making rapid progress in Rehab.

March 3, 2003 (Toronto, Ontario): Ashley Taws, the nineteen-year-old driver of the "Be Anything With Barbie at Wal-Mart" race car is improving daily as she battles back from injuries incurred in a traffic accident, December 7. The Newmarket, Ontario, resident has shown great resolve and determination overcoming serious and painful injuries, including spinal damage.

After spending more than eight weeks recovering at Saint Michael's Hospital in Toronto, Taws began her rehabilitation programme on January 29. At first unable to walk unassisted due to weakness and lack of mobility in her left leg, she recently began jogging on a treadmill and those attending her are almost certain she will be able to return to her pre-accident condition.

After capturing the hearts of race fans and Barbie enthusiasts of all ages last year when she reset records for women in the Canadian Formula Ford Championship, Taws was planning to return to the series this year shooting for the championship. Unfortunately, those plans have had to be put off, but the perky teenager intends to race her famous pink race car before the end of the 2003 season.

"Right from the start, one of the things I thought about most was when I'd be able to race again," Taws said. "For a while, we weren't sure if I'd even be able to walk, but things look really good now. I'm working hard to get my strength and movement back. I'm very happy with my progress and I fully expect to race this season."

It is anticipated that Taws will be sent home in three to four weeks. There she will try to get back to her regular routine and continue training for her return to racing.

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