She’s a walk­ing mir­a­cle

Her sur­vival af­ter 15m fall

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - Carly Cullen [email protected]­news.com.au

“YOU will never walk again” is not some­thing a healthy, happy woman should ever have to hear.

Three years ago Emily Wornes, 26, was in a Peru ho­tel which col­lapsed. She fell 15m break­ing her back, pelvis, sacrum, arm, both feet and her leg.

The Mof­fat Beach res­i­dent was ini­tially rushed to hos­pi­tal “in an am­bu­lance which re­sem­bled a re­moval­ist van, with no med­i­cal sup­plies and no bed” be­fore be­ing flown to Cal­i­for­nia for treat­ment where she was di­ag­nosed a para­plegic with loss of bowel, blad­der and sex­ual func­tion and faced pos­si­ble am­pu­ta­tion.

“When I got to the States they took the ban­dages down and what hap­pened was all the flesh on my feet was rot­ting,” she said.

“The wounds in my feet were the depth of half a ten­nis ball, it was the most dis­gust­ing thing. The smell was so bad.

“They spoke of am­pu­tat­ing my right leg as that side was worse.”

Emily de­cided against am­pu­ta­tion and within three months she stood up for the first time.

“I kept telling my­self they don’t know me, I’m go­ing to walk,” Emily said.

To keep busy, Emily started study­ing holis­tic coun­selling and wants to “help other girls with trau­mas”.

As if she hadn’t en­dured enough, one of her big­gest in­juries is chronic nerve pain, which stops her from re­turn­ing to work.

The de­bil­i­tat­ing burn­ing and stab­bing sen­sa­tion sends her to hos­pi­tal weekly for mor­phine in­jec­tions with two more days in re­cov­ery.

But there is hope: there could be and end the nerve pain, but it will cost an­other trip to the US and $30,000.

With no help from the Peru­vian ho­tel, the Wornes fam­ily has stuck out all the med­i­cal bills.

Trav­el­ling so far might seem rad­i­cal, but the surgery will take one day with a high suc­cess rate. Emily also found a sim­i­lar three month long surgery in Aus­tralia but it would come with a higher risk of in­fec­tion and lower chance of suc­cess.

Emily’s friend Clara Pearce has sent up a fundraiser to get her to the US and have her at home in­stead of hos­pi­tal for Christ­mas.

To do­nate, visit www. giveemilya­painfreel­ife. wordpress.com.

PHOTO: WARREN LY­NAM

SMALL STEPS: Emily Wornes is slowly re­cov­er­ing from a se­ri­ous ac­ci­dent three years ago.

PHO­TOS: WARREN LY­NAM / CON­TRIB­UTED

DE­FY­ING ODDS: Emily is slowly re­cov­er­ing from her se­ri­ous ac­ci­dent three years ago. INSET: Emily in hos­pi­tal just af­ter the ac­ci­dent.

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