Grandad hurt in hor­ror fall

Repair work ends in in­ten­sive care

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A GRAND­FA­THER is in in­ten­sive care af­ter suf­fer­ing a hor­rific fall while try­ing to repair win­dows at his home.

Stephen Jones sus­tained in­juries in­clud­ing a punc­tured lung, frac­tured ribs and a bro­ken shoulder blade.

He, his wife Denise Kings­ley-Jones, and son Adam, 8, were to­gether at their Kid­welly home on Satur­day at around 5pm, when Mr Jones de­cided to do some DIY work to the house which they in­tended to sell.

The 62-year-old was try­ing to fix blown dou­ble glazed win­dows, in an at­tempt to clear con­den­sa­tion which had formed.

But he slipped and fell more than 10 feet to the ground, his body hit­ting a win­dow ledge and then the gar­den.

“We had a lovely day at home and I was in the kitchen mak­ing a cake,” Mrs Kings­ley-Jones said.

“Stephen was try­ing to fix blown dou­ble glazed win­dows to clear con­den­sa­tion, which you can only do from the out­side.

“He was on the first floor of scaf­fold­ing at home, like any other or­di­nary man want­ing to im­prove his home, when he slipped and went flying.

“The scaf­fold­ing made a huge, hor­ren­dous crash and all came down.

“I thought, no, it can’t be, there is no way that could have hap­pened, but I went out­side and it was just may­hem.

“It was an aw­ful scene. Stephen bounced on the lower win­dow ledge onto the grass, shat­ter­ing his right side.

“I had to act quickly. I had to get my son and dog in­side and my neigh­bours came run­ning to help. Stephen man­aged to crawl from the front gar­den to the house. All I could hear was this ter­ri­ble groan­ing.

“I was in a panic and called for an am­bu­lance. He was say­ing ‘Don’t call an am­bu­lance, I will take an as­prin’. But he soon re­alised he couldn’t breathe and needed an am­bu­lance.”

An air am­bu­lance at­tended the scene, but Mr Jones was in­stead rushed to Mor­ris­ton Hospi­tal by road.

“I was on the phone to them and they were try­ing to calm me down while they made their way to the house,” Mrs Kings­leyJones said.

“The am­bu­lance ar­rived within five to 10 minutes and the air am­bu­lance was try­ing to land all over Myny­d­dy­gar­reg.

“I was try­ing to fo­cus on Steve, but there must have been around 15 am­bu­lance men and women there. They se­dated him and took me and my son into the other room. They put him on a stretcher and took him to hospi­tal.”

Mrs Kings­ley-Jones ad­mit­ted she was in a panic as the or­deal played out. “In­stincts took over,” she said. “I was in a panic but survival in­stinct kicked in.”

Mr Jones has sus­tained a bro­ken shoulder blade, and in­jured the right hand side of his body. He has frac­tured three or four ribs, and has also punc­tured his lung.

Mrs Kings­ley-Jones has been by his bed­side ever since, and he has also been vis­ited by his brother Ter­ence, and older sons Owen and Rhys.

His mother Betty, 87, has also been left dis­traught by the ac­ci­dent.

But de­spite the or­deal, Mrs Kings­ley-Jones said the fam­ily felt he had been for­tu­nate to es­cape with­out a worse out­come.

“I thought the scaf­fold­ing was about 10 feet high, but the am­bu­lance men said it was higher than that,” she said.

“He is very lucky, af­ter a fall from that height you don’t usu­ally make it.

“He is sta­ble now, and is sit­ting up in bed in in­ten­sive care and is about to be moved to a ward, which is some­thing. He is not go­ing to be op­er­ated on. It will all heal, but it will take a while.”

Mrs Kings­ley-Jones praised the help of the lo­cal com­mu­nity and the emer­gency ser­vices.

She said the fam­ily also planned to fundraise for the Wales Air Am­bu­lance to say thank you for the care given to Mr Jones.

“The neigh­bours and com­mu­nity have been in­cred­i­ble, es­pe­cially in this sit­u­a­tion,” she said.

Pic­ture: Denise Kings­ley-Jones

Stephen Jones suf­fered a hor­rific fall while try­ing to repair win­dows at his home.

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