CARRIE Beckwith-Fellows was expected to return home yesterday after life-saving surgery in Barcelona.

A total of £100,000 was raised to pay for the surgery to fuse her spine and Carrie, who suffers from Ehlers-danlos syndrome – a rare disorder which effects connective tissues – has seen a remarkable improvement in her speech and memory.

A team of surgeons and specialist doctors spent nearly 10 hours carrying out the complicated surgery.

Carrie, and her wife Lisa, started their journey back to Wark on Saturday, and were driven by Carrie’s brother Graham and paramedic Tim Stokes-Richardson.

“In early 2018, I told Lisa I would give it one more shot to raise the money and fight for surgery,” she said.

And since the operation, she has shared regular updates of her progress on her Facebook page.

“The past four weeks have been very hard. I have such a long way to go and I know there are things which I may never regain.

“No matter how hard this journey has been and will continue to be, I will never regret choosing to fight.”