The mother of a kidnapped woman who suffered brain damage after falling from a van said her daughter was able to stand for the first time since the horror attack.
Angel Lynn, 21, suffered a catastrophic brain injury when she fell from a moving van at 60 mph on the A6 after being kidnapped by her ex-boyfriend in September 2020.
Her parents Nikki, 48, and Patrick Lynn, 53, were told their daughter would not survive.
Angel has set the odds and can now stand and she begins to swallow.
Nikki, who runs a cleaning company, told the sun: ‘She communicates more and more.
Angel Lynn, 21, suffered catastrophic brain injury when she fell head-on from a moving van at 60 mph
Her mother, Nikki Lynn (pictured with Angel last year), said in September that doctors had warned her that Angel suffered fatal injuries, but she is slowly recovering and undergoing rehabilitation treatments
“I know it won’t change anything, but I hope one day she will speak up and tell me what happened.
“I do think she was pushed because of the injuries she sustained, the force with which she hit the ground.”
Angel, from Loughborough – who is recovering and undergoing rehabilitation treatment – after Chay Bowskill, the ex-boyfriend, left her paralyzed and unable to eat, walk or talk on her own.
Towards the end of the relationship, Bowskill became increasingly threatening and Angel began to withdraw before attempting to leave him.
In September last year, Angel’s mother said she was warned her daughter’s injuries were fatal, but she began to regain movement on her left side and learned to swallow again.
Angel’s struggle for survival has left the doctors at Queen’s Medical Center in Nottingham dumbfounded, where she underwent the last rites three times.
Her family hopes she will soon be able to reveal what happened leading up to Bowskill’s abduction.
CCTV captured the moment Angel was forced into a van by Bowskill and his accomplice Rocco Sansome in September 2020 after an argument in Rothley, Leicestershire.
She then fell out of the vehicle, which was being driven by Sansome, as it was traveling at 60 mph, before being found by shocked members of the public.
Angel Lynn (front left), 21, of Loughborough, Leicestershire, photographed on a day out with her family in August 2022
Angel needs round-the-clock care after suffering catastrophic injuries
CCTV captured the moment she was forced into a van in Rothley, Leicestershire after an argument by Bowskill and his accomplice Rocco Sansome in September 2020
Shocking CCTV footage (left and right) shows 19-year-old Angel Lynn being forced into a van by 20-year-old Chay Bowskill, her then boyfriend
In January 2022, Bowskill was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison after being found guilty of kidnapping, coercive and controlling conduct and perverting the course of justice, following a trial at Leicester Crown Court.
His sentence was then nearly doubled after senior Court of Appeals judges concluded that his original term for the kidnapping was not long enough and imposed an additional four and a half years on him.
Sansome got 21 months. Bowkill’s sentence was later increased to 12 years, although Sansome’s was not changed.
Bowskill, from Syston, Leicestershire, was also convicted of coercive and controlling conduct and perverting the course of justice.
He was cleared of causing grievous bodily harm after it became unclear how Angel had left the van.
The outgoing youngster was attending college and working part-time as a cleaner when she met Bowskill through a mutual friend about a year before the incident.
The mother of six said Bowskill admitted in court that the last thing he said to her daughter before she jumped out of the van was “I hate you, bitch.”
Nikki and Patrick, who run a cleaning business, are also the parents of Reannon, 31, Lewis, 29, Lester, 27, Kelsie, 12, and ten-year-old Jimmy.