Miracle of woman who was crushed by a lorry and somehow survived to tell the story

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Rosemary Webb almost had to have her leg amputated as a child when she was crushed by a lorry. Thankfully, a surgeon from America agreed to perform skin grafts on the young girl which was covered by NHS. Now, 63 years on, she has thanked everyone involved in her incident for “saving her leg and her life”.[2]

Rosemary, from Indian Queens in Cornwall, was walking home from school with her elder sister Christine, younger brother Michael and his friend Malcolm – but they had run on ahead of Rosemary. She said: “I had crossed at the top of the St Francis Road by Carworgie Farm. I looked up and down the road and saw nothing but a lorry coming up the road.

“As I had started to cross, I got half way and suddenly a lorry came from the left. I remember that I stopped for a split second and thought ‘I must beat the lorry’.
“The next thing I knew I was on the floor with the lorry driver’s arm around me.

The farmer’s wife had ripped up sheets and had wood to make me a splint for my leg. “I was very badly injured – the flesh was gone from my legs, my knee and back too. Someone had ran down to a St John’s Ambulance driver who took me to the old Royal Cornwall Hospital (now Treliske).

“I lost a heck of a lot of blood; I had numerous transfusions, it was a miracle really as two or three operations weren’t successful.” It just so happened that a specialist surgeon was visiting the hospital from America, who saw Rosemary and agreed to carry out multiple skin grafts on the NHS for her.

The mudguard of the lorry had torn Rosemary’s skin away from her body. The surgeon took grafts from Rosemary’s upper legs and she had to wear a plaster cast up to her chest. If the graft did not work, doctors had told the schoolgirl that they would have to amputate her leg.

The 70-year-old added: “I remember the nurses trying to tempt me with a bowl of jelly to sit still so they could peel the dried blood off of my new skin. “I was in hospital for four months and the nurses there taught me many things like how to make a bed and how to knit.

“The care today [from the NHS] is equally as good but they are now working under such pressure. The NHS need respect from the Government and they need to put more money in. “I’m very grateful that my leg and my life were saved.”

Rosemary was told that although she would go on to lead a normal life, she shouldn’t choose a career which meant she would have to be stood up a lot. It was bad news for Rosemary as she had dreams of becoming a hairdresser. She went on to work at her local Co op in Indian Queens and is now involved with the church choir.


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