Daily Express

Crush mum loses leg after saving her baby

- By Ian Leonard

NURSE lost her right leg after she was crushed between two cars – but still managed to throw her baby son to safety.

Ruby Flanagan was carrying five-month-old Leon in a safety seat across a zebra crossing when she spotted the danger, said her sister-in-law Chelsea Clarke.

The nurse at Arrowe Park Hospital was hit outside a supermarke­t in Wallasey, Merseyside.

There are fears that she may lose her left leg too.

Chelsea said that Ruby, 24, “threw her baby boy...out of the way of the car and saved his life. Ruby has experience­d lifechangi­ng injuries.

“She has shattered her pelvis, her right leg has been amputated and her left leg has been fractured in multiple places. She is awaiting several more operations and she will require a long rehabilita­tion process.”

Chelsea added: “Ruby’s injuries may leave her in need of specialist medical care which could incur extremely high private medical bills, multiple therapies and prosthetic­s.

“Ruby’s home also needs adjustment­s made to ensure she has the best possible recovery and the most smooth transition back home when she can eventually return.” Chelsea said Ruby and her partner Leon “are the kindest, most caring people. They are amazing parents and would do anything for anyone.”

She said that Ruby was “traumatise­d” when she woke after surgery and was worrying about how they would be able to pay the mortgage and household bills.

Ruby had been due to go back to her hospital job next month, following maternity leave, while her partner Leon will also be unable to work as he will be caring for their son.

A GoFundMe appeal launched by Chelsea to help the couple cope following Monday afterA noon’s accident has so far raised more than £40,000.

Police investigat­ing the collision outside an Aldi store in Bidston Moss retail park involving a silver Mercedes and a blue Volkswagen are appealing for any helpful dashcam and mobile phone footage.

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Heroine...Ruby Flanagan with son Leon and partner, also called Leon; emergency staff and helicopter at the car crush scene, below

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