For Angel Lynn’s 21st birthday, her parents had dreamed of giving her a party to remember. They looked forward to seeing their beautiful daughter, looking sensational in a new outfit, dancing the night away with her friends.
So the reality of her coming of age last December was nothing short of heartbreaking. Brain-damaged 18 months ago after falling from a moving van in a terrifying kidnap ordeal, the birthday girl arrived not in her finery, but in a wheelchair.
Her parents, Nikki and Patrick Lynn, choked back tears as they collected Angel from the nursing home where 24-hour care keeps her alive and took her back to the family’s three-bed semi in Loughborough.
Unable to walk, speak, smile or eat, Angel is fed though a tube directly to her stomach. Her parents had no idea whether she recognised them or any of the assembled guests.
Despite the balloons, the music, the cards and the gifts of jewellery, perfume and clothes, there was no way of telling if she even knew it was her…