A WOMAN who suffered severe injuries when a car collided with her and her pregnant niece has praised the efforts of passers-by and the emergency services.
Gillian Varley was crossing Llys Road in Oswestry with her 39-week pregnant niece, Kayleigh Varley, last Sunday afternoon when the incident happened.
The pair were rushed to hospital with the 52-year-old suffered a shattered shoulder, a cracked rib, cracked pelvis and injuries to her head.
Her niece was checked and released with only minor injuries and no injuries to her unborn child.
Speaking to the Advertizer last week, shortly before she was due to have a metal plate fitted into her shoulder at the Orthopaedic Hospital in Gobowen, Miss Varley said: “Everyone was so good. They were absolutely brilliant.
“The police arrived there very quickly and they were very good. They really looked after us both, and the ambulance men as well.
“There was a nice lady who gave us some blankets because we were so cold. We’re very grateful,”
Miss Varley explained the pair had been walking home from her sister-in-law’s house to their own homes in Unicorn Road at the time of the accident.
She continued: “It was absolutely terrifying. I can’t walk very well at the moment. I only have the use of one arm and I'm struggling to breathe because of my rib.”
After spending two nights at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, Miss Varley was due to have her shoulder operation on Friday with the hope of returning home the following day.
But she added the road to recovery would be long. “I can’t sleep unless I am sitting up and Kayleigh can’t sleep well.
“Mentally that’s the hardest part dealing with all this. I have just got to try and keep a good mental attitude, but it is hard when you cannot move without being in pain.”
The driver of the car, believed to be in her 20s, was arrested on suspicion of drink driving and bailed pending further police enquiries.