A WOMAN has thanked caring members of the public and NHS staff who helped her after she was hit by a car in Bromsgrove, fracturing her spine.
Lyn Sharp, who lives in Catshill, was crossing the Perryfields Road at the T-junction with Stourbridge Road at 11.30am on Saturday, February 15, when the incident happened.
The driver stopped, stayed at the scene and checked Lyn was okay.
Lyn said: “The car that hit me was just pulling off – the next thing I knew I was on the floor.
“Within seconds I had several people around me, supporting my neck, back and feet.
“It was raining heavily and they also held umbrellas over me to keep me dry and fetched blankets and coats from their cars to keep me warm.”
The passers-by also kept Lyn talking to reassure and comfort her until the ambulance arrived.
When the crew arrived they treated her at the scene and then drove her to the Worcestershire Royal Hospital where staff and A&E medics took over Lyn’s treatment and carried out tests to diagnose her injuries.
As well as the spinal damage she also suffered substantial bruising to her thigh where the car had struck her.
Because it was such a small fracture not a lot more could be done so Lyn was sent home the same evening with pain relief and told to rest.
Artist and art teacher Lyn said: “It has been really painful and so frustrating as I haven’t been able to paint but I know it could have been a lot worse.
“Looking back I can’t believe how wonderful everybody was – from the people who got to me straight away to Tom and Michele from West Midlands Ambulance Service and all the healthcare professionals at the hospital.
“It is reassuring to know when you need help there are such lovely and caring people – I want to thank them all – I am so grateful.
“The hospital was so busy but the staff still found time to tend to me and my injuries.
“Whatever people say about the NHS – it is there when we need it most and we must always ensure it’s kept that way.”