RAISING AWARENESS: Naomi Latcham does not want an accident like hers to happen to anyone.
RAISING AWARENESS: Naomi Latcham does not want an accident like hers to happen to anyone. Eliza Goetze

Dreams of family on hold after crash

TOO many stories start the way Naomi Latcham's does.

"We were heading home on a Friday afternoon to pick up our daughter. It was lucky she wasn't in the car," Naomi says.

"We stopped on Princess St to turn into Mary St.

"Heaps of other cars had gone around us when a car hit us from behind.

"It hit us at 60kmh and the driver said he was changing the volume on his radio and didn't see us."

A second of inattention has put Naomi and partner Jasmine's dreams on hold.

As the shock and adrenalin of the crash subsided, pain surged down Naomi's lower back and up her neck.

While Jasmine is recovering from existing back pain made worse by the smash, Naomi is now dealing with chronic pain that has meant she cannot begin IVF treatment to give Jasmine's daughter, Monique, 7, a sibling.

Since the crash on April 29, Naomi said "there hasn't been a day yet that I haven't had pain".

She now works part time and juggles a regime of physio and painkillers.

"We were planning to start in IVF July, but the accident has put that on hold," Naomi said.

"There's no start date for that now because of my injuries - I was going to be the one to carry the baby.

"We have paid so much money already into the testing stage."

Had Naomi not been eligible for WorkCover, the couple would be in dire straits financially.

"We want to have a little brother or sister for Monique, and she's so excited - she tells everyone about it all the time, so she doesn't understand that it's not happening."

When a workmate asked in July how the couple were going, "I just broke down," Naomi said.

But she and Jasmine vow to keep on fighting.

"It's not going to stop us."

She said she had "no hard feelings" towards the driver that hit their car.

"At the end of the day, if he had been paying attention, he wouldn't have hit us.

"But there's no point being angry. It's about making sure that it doesn't happen to anyone else.

"Jaz and I don't have our phones in the console anymore - it sits in our bag out of reach.

"We realised how quick things can change in a second."



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