She’s a walking miracle
Her survival after 15m fall
“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.
SMALL STEPS: Emily Wornes is slowly recovering from a serious accident three years ago.
DEFYING ODDS: Emily is slowly recovering from her serious accident three years ago. INSET: Emily in hospital just after the accident.