Kate Mansbridge, of Bristol, England, was only 27 when a doctor told her she was going through early menopause. At first, Mansbridge was devastated--she'd always dreamed of having a family--but working as a nurse in a Bristol hospital, she realized she had a full life and made peace with this unexpected turn in her life.
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Five years later, Mansbridge was vacationing in France. On the last day of her vacation, she and a friend were cycling through the mountains when a driver lost control of a car and hit her. She was flung through the air, landing face down on the road. Bystanders thought she was dead. She was, almost--she'd fractured her legs, dislocated her shoulders, broken her collar bone, and seriously injured her spine and brain. While being airlifted to a hospital, she suffered a stroke.
Doctors thought she'd never walk again, but she's tough and she did. Even more miraculously, the blow to her head kickstarted her hormones, so she began getting her period after the accident. Even more miraculously, she got pregnant three years later--and gave birth to the daughter she'd always longed for.
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The little girl, named Ruby, is now 6--and her mom is eternally grateful. "While it was the worst thing that ever happened to me, it also turned out to be the best thing that had ever happened to me as well," Mansbridge told the Daily Mail.
And as rare as it is, there have been some cases of early menopause reversing itself--usually after a traumatic or near-death experience, the Daily Mail reported. Watch a video that was made when she competed in a half-marathon after her accident.
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