Nga Tawa School's director of boarding is grateful not to be in a wheelchair.

Raewyn Abraham has enjoyed long careers in nursing, midwifery, family therapy and her current role despite once breaking her back.

Abraham fell from a platform, landing on the concrete about 4m below, breaking her back and her arms as she braced for impact.

After spending a month in hospital, she made a full recovery.

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"Once I'd learned to walk again, I went to Dilworth School and worked as the school nurse. That was great rehab for me," Abraham says.

"It was a life-changing experience. It was

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