'I didn't know if she would make it' – Grandmother left with broken back, broken ribs and ruptured spleen after mobility scooter crash
PUBLISHED: 15:20 09 October 2018
The daughter of a woman who suffered life-changing injuries after coming into collision with a car when riding her mobility scooter feared her mother was going to die.
Jennifer Pearce’s 63-year-old mother was knocked unconscious and left with three broken ribs, a broken back and a ruptured spleen following the crash in Gosford Road, Beccles, at 3.40pm on Tuesday October 2.
The grandmother had been travelling to Tesco when the devastating collision with a green Citroen Xsara Picasso happened.
Mrs Pearce said: “She has been in intensive care at the James Paget since the accident but became seriously ill on Saturday morning.
“They discovered she was still bleeding internally and removed her spleen. She has been sedated since Saturday.
“She is very low obviously. At first she just said she couldn’t believe it happened at all.”
Mrs Pearce added: “At one point I didn’t know if she would make it. She’s very strong and we are just working on getting her better and coming home.
“She likes to be independent and is worried because it’s going to be a very long recovery.”
Mrs Pearce’s mother had recently finished paying off the mobility scooter, which she needs due to arthritis, but it has now been written-off.
And her daughter believes it was an accident waiting to happen.
She said: “It’s a very busy road and there is nowhere to cross the road safely and there are so many places where cars come out of.”
After the crash a group of helpful strangers rushed to the 63-year-old’s aid, removing the humbug from her mouth to save her from choking, covering her in blankets and contacting her daughter.
Mrs Pierce added: “I had a phone call from a lady at the scene; a group of lovely young people had come to her aid.
“I just wanted to say thank you to the people who helped - they were really nice and helpful.”
Police are appealing for any witnesses to the collision to come forward and contact PC 1856 Dan Peck on 101 quoting reference CAD 214 of October 2.