‘Head-on’ could have been worse

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De­niliquin’s He­len Ford con­sid­ers her­self lucky to have es­caped a se­ri­ous car crash with only a frac­tured ster­num af­ter be­ing in­volved in a col­li­sion in Jer­ilderie last Wed­nes­day.

He­len was driv­ing through the town cen­tre, on her way to a work meet­ing, when a car is al­leged to have crossed over into her lane.

She said she sud­denly re­alised some­one was driv­ing to­ward her car and that she didn’t have time to get out of the way.

‘‘My car spun 90 de­grees and there was dam­age to both the front and the driver’s side.

‘‘When the car be­came sta­tion­ary I felt an ex­treme amount of pain across my chest and knew some­thing wasn’t right. I had fric­tion burn and bruis­ing across the top of my thighs from the seat­belt but I’m very lucky to have no in­ter­nal in­juries at all.’’

A nurse who was driv­ing nearby at the time stopped to check on He­len and made sure an am­bu­lance was called.

He­len’s hus­band Richard was also con­tacted and he drove straight to the scene from De­niliquin to be by his wife’s side.

From Jer­ilderie, the young mum of three was trans­ferred to De­niliquin Hos­pi­tal for x-rays, CT scans and other tests.

She said the work of emer­gency ser­vices could not be faulted in en­sur­ing her well­be­ing.

‘‘I’d never been in an am­bu­lance be­fore Wed­nes­day, so it was all new to me,’’ she said.

‘‘It ar­rived in a mat­ter of min­utes and both Deni and Jer­ilderie paramedics were fan­tas­tic; they made me feel very com­fort­able.

‘‘The nurses at Deni’s accident and emer­gency depart­ment really looked af­ter me and An­thony in x-ray came back to the hos­pi­tal a few times af­ter he’d fin­ished work when I needed more x-rays.

‘‘Dr De Silva then con­sulted the Al­fred Hos­pi­tal trauma team in Mel­bourne and they de­cided I should go there as a pre­cau­tion.

‘‘On Thurs­day morn­ing I was taken by air am­bu­lance to the Al­fred where I had more x-rays, CT scans and heart tests.

‘‘I only stayed overnight and was back at home on Fri­day.’’

He­len said she was ex­tremely for­tu­nate to emerge from the accident with min­i­mal dam­age.

‘‘I’m a bit breath­less, but I look at what other peo­ple go through in ac­ci­dents and think that I’m very lucky.

‘‘It’s not some­thing you ex­pect to hap­pen to you and it all hap­pened so quickly. But it could’ve been a lot worse.’’

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