Laxton, involved in a hit-and-run last week, underwent her second operation yesterday.
“It’s very early to say and the rehab will take months, but the main areas of impact are upper limbs,” said her daughter, Kim Laxton.
“Her ability to run again will be her motivation to get better – but knowing my mom, she will be competing by the end of next year.”
Laxton suffered broken shoulders and elbows, a spinal fracture and a broken fibula after being knocked down while training in Rosebank.
She was recovering well, according to Kim, who is a medical doctor. “She had her second op with internal fixation of her right shoulder and elbow.
“She remains upbeat and has had a wealth of support, which has kept her momentum towards recovery going.”
Laxton was initially expected to be discharged from Milpark Hospital next week, but her daughter said she would not return home until next month.
“She’s still in ICU and will be in a general ward for at least two weeks.”
With a multiple national record over various distances – from 1 500m to 42.2km – Laxton has ne-ver attempted South Africa’s most prestigious race, the Comrades Marathon, but Kim said she had joked that recovery from the accident was her own ultra-distance challenge. “She said this was her Comrades Marathon.”