‘Ac­ci­dent paral­y­sis changed my life for the bet­ter’

Western Mail - - NEWS - Owen Evans

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.”

Robert Parry-Jones

> 19 year old den­tal nurse Lucy Jones has been in­vited to travel to Tan­za­nia next year to help train lo­cal health­care work­ers

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