Farmer was impaled on tractor forks


Sarah Staples

A FARMER who was impaled by prongs on a tractor is recovering at home.
Graham Heatley was working on The Grange Farm in Lyneal, near Ellesmere on Thursday, February 13 when baling prongs on the front of a tractor went through his back, impaling him on a hay bale.
The 52-year-old returned to the farm from the University Hospital of North Staffordshire last Wednesday, where he is being cared for by his family.
His mother, Mary Heatley, said: “He is doing very well, even though he can’t really do anything at the moment.
“We are looking after him but it is not a great problem, he is just very tender at the moment,” she said.

She added that Mr Heatley’s recovery is expected to take weeks.
His sister, Claire Patterson, who travelled from her home in Poole, Dorset, to care for her brother, added: “We are just taking things one day at a time. The neighbours have been helping out a lot on the farm and I have been doing a bit as well.
“He is in good spirits and is glad to be home,” she added.
Mr Heatley was trapped for around two hours while emergency services worked to free him. He was taken by air ambulance to the hospital where he underwent surgery the same day as the incident, which happened at around 3pm.
A fire crew from Ellesmere, a rescue tender from Wellington and an operational officer attended the incident as well as an ambulance, a rapid response vehicle and Midlands Air Ambulances from Cosford and Staffordshire. Fire crews used cutting gear to release Mr Heatley before he was taken to hospital.

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