‘Head-on’ could have been worse
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.’’