Air host­ess breaks leg as storm rocks plane

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By RE­BECCA DAY

AN air host­ess broke her leg in SEVEN places af­ter a plane trav­elled through a vi­o­lent storm.

Eden Gar­rity was serv­ing pas­sen­gers from a cater­ing cart when the plane shot up 500ft.

The pi­lot had asked crew mem­bers to be seated five sec­onds be­fore the plane hit the storm.

But Eden did not have time se­cure the cart and sit down be­fore the se­vere tur­bu­lence.

The 27-year-old was sud­denly pinned to the ground. She snapped her an­kle dur­ing the ter­ri­fy­ing in­ci­dent on Au­gust 2 last year.

Eden said: “We hit a mas­sive hail storm. The pi­lot said to me af­ter­wards that it turned black all around him.

“It was by far the worst tur­bu­lence I have ever ex­pe­ri­enced as a crew mem­ber or a pas­sen­ger.

“It was ab­so­lutely ter­ri­fy­ing. The plane shot up 500ft within sec­onds.

“The force of the tur­bu­lence pinned me to the ground and forced me to­wards the floor.

“My feet were locked to the ground and my an­kle just com­pletely snapped.

“I didn’t re­alise what had hap­pened un­til I tried to take a step and I col­lapsed.

“My an­kle was at a right an­gle and I just started scream­ing. The bot­tom of my foot was fac­ing to the side.

“My body went into shock and I just started pan­ick­ing.

Eden, from Leigh, was on the floor for an hour while the seats around her were cleared.

Eden was rushed to Wythen­shawe Hos­pi­tal as soon as the Thomas Cook flight, from Cuba, landed in Manch­ester. She spent nine days in hos­pi­tal.

She’d bro­ken her fibula in five places and her tibia once. She also frac­tured the side of her foot and cracked her an­kle bone.

The cabin crew mem­ber was un­able to walk for two months as she needed surgery to insert screws and metal plates in­side her leg. She also needed a huge ex­ter­nal metal brace.

Thomas Cook paid Eden in full while she was off work be­fore the firm went bust in Septem­ber.

She is still out-of-work and faces the stress of look­ing for a new job whilst re­cov­er­ing from the in­jury.

Eden Gar­rity needed oxy­gen af­ter break­ing her leg, be­low left, and is now re­cov­er­ing at home, be­low right

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