Actress Leslie Ash was partially paralysed and told she would end up in a wheelchair after contracting the deadly superbug MRSA in hospital
Leslie Ash put some of her health problems behind her as she was seen walking in Battersea Park this weekend.
The Men Behaving Badly star was pictured walking the dog with her husband Lee Chapman in south west London.
Dressed in black leggings, a black puffer jacket and pink trainers, the 62-year-old used a walking stick to help her stroll in the sunshine.
But it’s amazing she is even able to do that – after doctors previously told her she would be in a wheelchair by the age of 60 due to a life-changing spinal injury.
In October the actress revealed there was only a “ slight chance of recovery ” after her devastating diagnosis.
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Despite what medics have said, Leslie seems to be defying the odds as she continues to fight her illness.
She contracted a “deadly strain” of the superbug MRSA when an epidural needle came loose while she was in hospital to treat an abscess on her spine.
Back in 2008, she successfully sued London’s Chelsea and Westminster Hospital for £5 million in compensation.
This included her loss of earnings as her health problems left her unable to work until recently.
Leslie told The Sun: “They said I’d be in a wheelchair by 60 because of my terrible hips and knees. I was only given a slight hope of recovery, but because I wanted it enough I was able to achieve what I have today.”
She credits staying positive as much as she can with helping her fight the debilitating condition.
“If I sat down and did nothing I’d be in a wheelchair now, without a doubt. You need a lot of mental strength to keep fighting,” she added.
Leslie has since bounced back and although she has one with her regularly, can now walk without a walking stick.
Her newfound mobility has helped her get her career back on track and she has landed a couple of new roles recently.
Eleven years on from her ordeal, she has popped up on TV screens in soaps Doctors and Casualty.
She is also set to star in a short film called Twelve alongside Blue’s Duncan James.
It will centre on a recovery group session for those with eating disorders and has been written alongside NHS professionals.
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