Rossendale Free Press

I fear my girl will never dance again

- DOMINIC MOFFIT freepressn­ews@menmedia.co.uk @RossFreePr­ess

ADISTRAUGH­T mum fears that her daughter ‘may never dance again’ after she was hit by a car.

Olivia Hill has been left with a severe open fracture on her leg after a reversing car ran her over on Tuesday, December 29.

The 11-year-old was walking back to her Bacup home after playing out in the fresh snow when the car skidded on the ice and crushed her.

A fundraisin­g page has now been set up to support Olivia.

Olivia’s mum, Jenny Hill, was horrified when an ambulance was called to the scene and her daughter was taken to hospital.

The mum-of-one told the Free Press that her daughter has been in near constant discomfort since the accident.

“It’s awful to see as a mother; I want to take it all away from her,” said the 36-year-old.

“I want to go through the pain for her, she keeps telling me to take away the pain; I would if I could.

“The doctors told me that this is one of the most painful breaks because the wound is so open; Olivia has been really struggling with the pain.”

Olivia is a talented and passionate dancer who travels Britain taking part in competitio­ns and shows with the Bacup group Dansworks Dance Academy of Performing Arts.

Jenny says her daughter has a vast trophy haul from her successes at dance competitio­ns and was even due to star in a pantomime.

She said: “She first started dancing when she was 18 months old. I took her to a mother and baby dancing class and she started doing little ballet moves.

“She started ballet and tap but she found her real passion in street dancing which is what she does now. We’ve even done a few competitio­ns together, she’s really good.”

Olivia suffers from asthma and Jenny was keen to make sure that she stayed inside over the last days when East Lancs was covered in a blanket of snow.

But Olivia convinced her mum to let her have a few minutes of fun outside.

“She had begged me to go out in the snow,” said Jenny.

“She put on about seven jumpers and was telling me she would be warm so I said she could have just five minutes if she was careful.”

After playing in the snow, Olivia was walking back to her home on Stack Lane in Bacup when the car skidded on the ice and headed her way. The 11-year-old tried to dive away but the car ended up running her over.

Doctors spent hours making sure the 11-yearold was made stable before a temporary plaster was fitted to her leg.

But the wound above Olivia’s ankle was so big that surgeons may be unable to fully close it for some time.

Jenny said: “They were worried about her back and hips; they didn’t look at her legs at first.

“She was in so much pain, she was absolutely screaming her head off. They got round to her leg and they had to give her Ketamine so she didn’t see the wound.

“Her leg is quite bad. It’s almost falling off; there’s no other way to describe it really.”

Olivia will have to endure multiple surgeries on her leg to fit a frame with plates and screw about the fracture.

Doctors may have to continue to leave the wound open and a plastic surgeon has been called in to assess the laceration.

Jenny knows her daughter’s recovery is going to be long and hard; but she also fears for Olivia’s greatest passion.

“I don’t know if she will dance again,” said Jenny.

“One of the first things she asked doctors was if she would be able to dance again, they said they would try their best. I don’t know if they are just saying that to make her feel better.”

Olivia is recovering in hospital and has already told doctors she harbours a desire of becoming a surgeon when she grows up.

The Olivia’s Dansworks Family gofundme page has already raised more than £550. Organiser Dale Connearn posted: “Thank you to everyone who has donated so far. The response has been incredible. “

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Olivia Hill is a talented and passionate dancer
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●● Olivia with mum Jenny

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