‘Accident paralysis changed my life for the better’
ATEENAGER left temporarily paralysed when she broke her back at a trampoline park has told how the traumatic experience has changed her life.
Lucy Jones, from Northop in Flintshire, became paralysed down her left side when she broke a vertebrae leaping from the ‘tower jump’ at Flip Out near Chester.
The 19-year-old underwent emergency surgery at The Walton Centre in Liverpool followed by months of gruelling physiotherapy.
Now the former Mold Alun School pupil says her ordeal has made her appreciate the quick medical treatment she received.
Miss Jones, who works as a dental nurse at Oasis Dental Care in Flint, is heading to Tanzania in Africa to carry out treatment and train healthcare workers.
She said: “When I broke my back I was taken to the Walton in Liverpool and they were so good with me that when this came up and I read people
“I still get back pain obviously with work and stuff being a dental nurse.
“The most difficult part was being stuck in bed when I was seeing everybody else out enjoying themselves.”
She is now back in work and set to fly out with charity Bridge2Aid for three weeks, but needs to raise £1,500 for the trip, for which she has set up a JustGiving page, https:// www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ lucy-jones-tanzania.
Her role will see her train local healthcare workers in the provision of emergency dental treatment, while also helping to carry out treatments needed.
A spokesman for Flip Out Chester said: “Since opening a year ago around 700,000 people have visited Flip Out Chester and we have an excellent safety record.
“Safety is our number one priority and we strive to ensure that everyone who visits can enjoy all of the activities in a safe environment.”
> 19 year old dental nurse Lucy Jones has been invited to travel to Tanzania next year to help train local healthcare workers