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St Albans mum Charlotte Harvey 'lucky to be alive' after bike accident abroad
A St Albans mother is "lucky to be alive" after a cycling accident while on her summer holidays in France.
Charlotte Harvey, 23, was on a seven day break with her two-year-old son Oscar Franco when she lost control of a cycle she was riding down a steep hill and crashed into a tree stump.
She is now bed-ridden with a fractured back and the possibility of wearing a brace and facial scars for life.
Oscar Franco was on the back of his mother’s bike and miraculously escaped with just a scratch on his elbow.
Mother and son were due to fly back home after visiting Ms Harvey’s parents Ian and Lucie Harvey, the day after the accident on August 13.
However because of medical complications she was transported home on a private jet on Monday and is now in Watford General Hospital.
Because of the extent of her injuries, her friends and family have rallied support and are organising a fundraiser at the Victoria Pub in Victoria Street.
Family friend Tina Crassweller, of Lady’s Grove, said Charlotte is lucky to be alive.
Mrs Crassweller’s husband, Wayne, decided to organise the fun day to make life easier for Charlotte.
Mrs Crasweller, 41, said: "Charlotte is lucky to be alive. How she didn’t die is beyond me.
"It was like going down Holywell Hill at 30mph and not being able to stop. Her dad was screaming at her trying to tell her how to stop but she couldn’t hear him.
"Her parents were behind so witnessed everything. Her mum just prayed."
"It has been a tough and emotional few days for all of us.
"She has been really brave through it all and even after the accident mothers instinct kicked in and all she was worried about was making sure Oscar was okay."
Entertainment at the fundraiser includes a darts competition, raffle, auction, live music and a disco.
Ms Crasweller added: "This will raise money to help Charlotte have a better quality of life. She is doing well and coping as best as she can.
"This is going to be a very long recovery process, probably a year or longer, so we aim to raise funds for hospital care, looking after Oscar and the possibility of funding an adapted bed.
"Charlotte is involved at the Vineyard Church in St Albans so is always fundraising for different causes.
"This is about giving back and doing something for her."
Everyone is welcome to the fundraiser on August 31 from 1pm until late.
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