Angel Lynn’s mother reveals her paralyzed daughter took her first steps years after horrific kidnapping
ANGEL Lynn’s mother revealed her daughter has taken the first steps since suffering life-changing injuries following her horrific kidnapping.
The 22-year-old is living at a rehabilitation center in Loughborough, Leicestershire as she bravely fights through her recovery.
In September 2020, she was left paralyzed and severely brain-damaged after falling head first from her kidnapper’s van, which was traveling at 60 miles per hour.
But this inspirational young woman is beating all odds as she has recovered from having a priest read her the Last Sacrament three times.
She has proven to doctors time and time again that she would do no wrong.
Earlier this month her mother Nikki, 48, and husband Paddy, 53, told the heartbreaking story in a Channel 4 documentary.
Niki told it Daily Mail: “Anything Angel sets her mind to, she does.
“She tries so hard and doesn’t give up. And she made it. I couldn’t be prouder.”
With the help of physiotherapists, the 22-year-old can now stand and walk a few steps.
She can also perform everyday tasks such as making a cup of tea and sitting in the front seat of the car – a development that sets her apart from working in a wheelchair in a disability transporter.
Another notable achievement Niki talked about was her daughter’s newfound ability to text other people using an iPad.
She can also use sign language to tell her parents that she loves them and tell them if something is “yes” or “no” with a thumbs up or down.
“She may not be able to speak, but my angel is definitely in there,” Niki said.
“You can see it in their eyes. If she finds something funny, she makes a noise and shrugs her shoulders.”
The proud mom and full-time carer spoke about the wonders a new rehab center has made.
“She recently attended her friend’s 21st birthday and we took her to the pub,” she added.
Her mother proudly shared that she is learning to swallow on her own and sip juice herself – a step towards feeding tube removal.
The dedicated caregiver said: “Honestly, I’ve learned to block it [the emotion] out of.
“I’ve had times when I thought I couldn’t take it anymore. But then I think of Angel and how she’s a baby again because of what happened.”
“My baby needs his mother so I will be there for her.
“People were willing to give her up, but she proved them wrong over and over again.
“She’s still so full of life — and she deserves the best life we can give her.”
What happened to Angel Lynn?
The lives of Angel and her family changed forever in 2020 when the 22-year-old’s boyfriend, Chay Bowskill, started a fight.
Harrowing CCTV footage shown at Chay’s trial showed Angel exiting a van and walking away from Chay.
The jury watched in horror as Chay ran up behind Angel, grabbed her and carried her back to the van before it drove away.
Moments later, a concerned passerby called paramedics after spotting Angel by the side of the road.
She fell out of the van at 60 miles per hour, fractured her skull and suffered traumatic brain injury as a result.
She underwent hours of surgery at Queens Medical Center in Nottingham.
The swift intervention of paramedics and hospital staff saved Angel’s life.
Angel’s mother believes Angel and Chay first started dating in late 2019 when they were both 18 years old.
Nikki told The Guardian that in mid-2020 she began noticing small changes in Angel’s behavior the longer she stayed with Chay.
She said: “I just never put them all together. Angel didn’t present herself like she used to: she used to only go out with her hair done, make-up and dressed up.
“Now she wore baggy tracksuits and didn’t do anything with her hair or her face. There was nothing wrong with that, of course, but it was a change.”
She also pointed out that Angel has started spending less time with her friends, which she didn’t like since she’s very outgoing.
At Bowskill’s trial, the court also heard that Angel’s head had previously been slammed against a wall by Bowskill and friends had noticed bruises on her arms.
In January 2022, Bowskill was found guilty of the 2020 kidnapping of his ex-girlfriend Angel Lynn.
He was also convicted of coercion and control and perversion of justice, but acquitted of aggravated assault.
He was sentenced to a total of seven and a half years in prison and will serve half of his sentence behind bars – three years and nine months.
After an appeal was lodged, the Court of Appeal judges reversed the sentence and increased his sentence to 12 years.