Imagine waking up one day to find that you can’t move. This happened to 24-year-old Miranda Licence from Pittsworth, near Toowoomba. Miranda went running that day and returned for a nap. When she awoke later, she discovered she couldn’t move her arms or legs. With the aid of her boyfriend Sam, she was taken to the Toowoomba Base Hospital where she was deemed a mystery case. For the next seven weeks, with the help of physiotherapists and doctors in Toowoomba and Brisbane, Miranda began to learn to walk again. She was just starting an exciting new chapter in her life when all this occurred: she had just moved in with her new boyfriend, started her first teaching job, joined a Toowoomba hockey team and won the lead role in the local Pittsworth musical.
With the help of Raj and an incredible amount of determination and family support, Miranda finally got back on her feet again, running and using her hockey skills as a way to re-learn the act of moving naturally. And yet, despite being able to run and thread a hockey ball through cones at speed, Miranda still couldn’t walk normally. Two months into this ordeal, Miranda was out with Sam in Brisbane, picking up cakes. They were deep in conversation as they got out of the car and only realised when they were half way down the street that Miranda was walking normally.
Miranda has also returned to running. “I still love running but now there are some days where I will walk, because walking makes me feel a lot stronger than running does now.”
Disclaimer: Miranda Licence is the niece of the filmmaker, Jeff Licence. This video wouldn't have been possible (or as powerful) without the footage provided by David, Leah and Grace Licence and Sam Robinson recorded throughout Miranda's experience.