FORMER Miss Edinburgh Sara McLean says she feels “lucky to be alive” after her leg was shattered in an alleged hit-and-run.
The Big Brother star was rushed to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary – where she underwent tests for brain damage – after the incident on Friday.
The 23-year-old model revealed it will be months before she can walk again after her leg was broken in four places. But Sara, of Newington, is in good spirits, insisting her injuries could have been much worse.
She said: “Initially, doctors feared I had sustained brain damage but that was ruled out yesterday morning after lengthy tests.
“My left leg is broken in four places and, although that has been agony, I’m almost thankful it’s the only damage. I’m lucky to be alive.”
The ex-Miss Scotland finalist has been forced to put her career on hold as she starts a slow recovery process following the 3am incident on Frederick Street.
Sara, a former St Margaret’s schoolgirl who came fourth in last year’s Big Brother, says she was grateful to hospital staff and is getting great support from family and friends.
She said: “It will take me months to walk again but doctors have told me I should make a full recovery.
“My career has taken off since Big Brother and I want to keep that going. That’s my big motivation.
“I’ve got great family and friends around me who have been amazing, as have all the staff at the hospital.”
After clinching the Edinburgh crown in October 2010, Sara went on to finish runner-up in Miss Great Britain two months later.
All the while the former Napier University student concealed the heartbreak of her father Colin’s fight with terminal lung cancer.
She then appeared alongside a former porn star, a plus-size model and a one-time LA gang member, in the 2012 series of the hit reality TV show.
Police Scotland confirmed: “A 23-year-old woman suffered serious injuries. She was taken to hospital where she continues to be treated.”
Yesterday, Steven Charleston, of Edinburgh, appeared at the city’s Sheriff Court on charges including dangerous driving, failing to stop after an accident and failing to report an accident.
The 25-year-old made no plea or declaration and was remanded in custody.