Naga Munchetty gives blood and urges fans to do the same
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BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty, 46, took to Twitter today to praise her TV colleague after she provided a tearful update that saw her pass her driving exam with no faults. News correspondent Victoria Fritz was over the moon to get such a fantastic result and Naga was thrilled for her friend.
This morning, Victoria, 37, tweeted out a picture of herself holding her Practical Driving Test Pass Certificate to her 38,200 followers.
Standing next to her in the car park was driving instructor Alamin, who the presenter was quick to thank for his tutoring.
“FIRST TIME, NO FAULTS!!” she wrote excitedly.
“Alamin the magician. 3rd time since 2013 he’s had a student pass with no majors or minors.
“And me, teary after Sue the instructor told me the result.”
Victoria’s BBC pal Naga retweeted her post, adding: “Brilliant @VFritzNews!!
Adding some clapping emojis, she continued: “Well done & Congratulations! Xx”.
“Ah thank you so much!” replied Victoria.
Victoria is a News Correspondent for national television and a presenter on BBC Breakfast.
Yesterday, she shared an extremely personal story about her fear of driving to make others who might share in her experiences feel less alone.
“Let me tell you a story. This is twenty years ago and it has defined almost every day of my life since,” Victoria began.
What followed was a harrowing tale of how she and her boyfriend had been involved in a terrible car accident in Indonesia.
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Their car had collided with a truck on the motorway and she woke up unable to feel her legs.
Victoria had been thrown “a clear twenty metres from the crash” and began a terrifying crawl along the road to find her boyfriend J.
She went on to describe how there had been “blood everywhere” when she found him unable to move.
Eventually, the pair were taken to hospital and the presenter admitted that for 20 years, she had “barely recalled a single detail of that day”.
In the conclusion of her terrifying account, she wrote: “For twenty years, no matter how many times I have tried (or often tried very hard to avoid), I have been unable to learn how to drive a car.
“I have had severe panic attacks. I once abandoned a car during a lesson on the N Circular. I ran out across the lanes of traffic, almost hoping to be hit, & hid for 3 hours by a bus stop outside a Carpetright. Every time I’d get behind the wheel I couldn’t remember the accelerator from the brake.
“I couldn’t put my foot on either. I was petrified of myself. Of the harm I could cause others. A debilitating paralysis that I could not understand or place. It presented itself as evasiveness or sullenness but was met with, at best, jokes at my expense but also with frustration & bitter resentment.
“How could I be so selfish? I know. I am not good enough. I never was. I am harmful to others. I don’t deserve to be here. The internal dialogue became ever more punishing. What is wrong with me? 20 years of this in my head.”
However, in the end, Victoria was able to overcome her fear, passing her driving test with flying colours.
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