Angel Lynn, 21, has regained movement on her left side after crash

Angel Lynn, 21, has regained movement on her left side after crash

‘They said my Angel wouldn’t survive the night’: Mother of Angel Lynn, 21, who was kidnapped and paralysed by her evil boyfriend when she fell out of his moving van reveals she is learning to swallow again as she battles to get her home

  • Angel Lynn, 21, was left paralysed and unable to eat following the 2020 ordeal 
  • Mother said she was warned injuries were fatal but she is regaining movement
  • Well-wishers have helped raise more than £170,000 towards Angel’s care

A mother whose daughter suffered catastrophic brain injuries from falling out of a moving van at 60mph after being kidnapped by her evil boyfriend has said she was told she would not survive the night.

Angel Lynn, 21, was left paralysed and unable to eat, walk or talk by herself following the 2020 ordeal on the A6 in Leicestershire at the hands of Chay Bowskill. 

Her mother, Nikki, said she was warned Angel’s injuries were fatal but she is now regaining movement on her left side and relearning how to swallow. 

Angel Lynn, 21, was left paralysed and unable to eat, walk or talk by herself following the 2020 ordeal on the A6 in Leicestershire at the hands of Chay Bowskill

Mrs Lynn told BBC Radio Leicester: ‘She was really, really badly injured. They said she wouldn’t survive the night and that she wasn’t going to wake up at all. Now she’s getting lots of physio. She’s having speech and language therapy.

‘She is learning how to swallow again, and then she won’t need PEG [percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy] feeding because she doesn’t eat.

‘She is starting to move her left side very slightly and she’s got a communication machine.

‘She is communicating in little bits but she still gets really tired. It is nice that she understands everything you’re saying to her.’

Mrs Lynn said she was ‘really grateful’ for the support of local people who have helped to raise more than £170,000 towards Angel’s care and adapting the family home. 

She added: ‘I never expected the [community] response. Everyone loves her to bits. We are really grateful to them.’ 

Her mother, Nikki Lynn, said she was ‘really grateful’ for the support of local people who have helped to raise more than £170,000 towards Angel’s care and adapting the family home


Currently, Angel (left) comes home every day to spend time with the family. Right – her mother 

Last month the family revealed they had received planning permission for an extension to their house in Loughborough to allow Angel to live with them. 

The plans include a wrap-around extension, a downstairs wet room, a medication and laundry room, and a hoist which would be able to transport Angel through to the living room, kitchen and bedroom.

They have set up a crowdfunding page to help with the work and hope they will have enough money left to pay for the specialist medical equipment and long term rehabilitation Angel will need.

CCTV caught the moment she was forced into a van by Bowskill and his accomplice Rocco Sansome, in Rothley, Leicestershire, in September 2020 after an argument

Currently, Angel comes home every day to spend time with the family. 

Mrs Lynn said: ‘I pick her up every day and bring her home. She’s doing so much better than she was and we’re just so grateful for the help we’ve received so far.

‘We’ve taken her to Twin Lakes and Twycross Zoo – she fed the animals and she’s even helped me peg the washing out.

‘Angel can write a few things down now too – but not fully. We have a white board and you have to watch what she’s doing as sometimes she can write letters over the top of each other. Other days she writes as clear as anything, I’m so proud of her.

‘Yesterday she even used her right leg to push against the floor, trying to move her wheelchair along. She’s due to have an operation to straighten her left foot and maybe her right as its not been moved for a long time. Then she’ll have two braces made to keep the position of the foot where its supposed to be so eventually we can get her standing’. 

CCTV caught the moment she was forced into a van by Bowskill and his accomplice Rocco Sansome, in Rothley, Leicestershire, in September 2020 after an argument.

She then fell out of the vehicle, which was driven by Sansome, as it travelled at 60mph, before she was found by horrified members of the public. 

Mrs Lynn said: ‘I pick her up every day and bring her home. She’s doing so much better than she was and we’re just so grateful for the help we’ve received so far’

Angel is currently receiving care at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham and is due to have communication equipment fitted to her wheelchair at the end of August. This will give her the ability to tap letters with her right hand to create sentences and communicate with her loved ones.

While she is still being fed through a tube in her stomach, she has been allowed to lick one ice lolly a week to try and improve her swallowing.

Mrs Lynn added: ‘We’re trying it for three weeks, but we’ve already seen an improvement. She chooses the flavours she likes – but last time she wanted Vimto flavour, one of the kids had it so she got stuck with blackcurrant!’.

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