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King’s Lynn family asks: Please help us get our Shania home

PUBLISHED: 14:43 13 February 2018 | UPDATED: 08:25 14 February 2018

Shania Overson in hospital. Picture: Becca Barwick

Shania Overson in hospital. Picture: Becca Barwick

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Please help us bring our Shania home and make her comfortable.

Shania Overson, whose parents are have launched a crowd funding appeal to bring her home from hospital. Picture: Becca Barwick Shania Overson, whose parents are have launched a crowd funding appeal to bring her home from hospital. Picture: Becca Barwick

That’s the desperate appeal from King’s Lynn mum Becca Barwick, whose 16-year-old step-daughter Shania Overson was seriously injured after being knocked off her bike by a car.

“On January 31 at about 9.30pm our precious Shania was hit by a car whilst riding her bike around Oak Circle in Lynn,” she said. “She was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital where we were told she’d fractured her pelvis in four places and also suffered a small bleed on the brain.

“On February 1, she was taken to theatre for seven hours to have a plate and screws fixed to the front of her pelvis and plate and screws secured on the back of her pelvis.

“Her ankle had been broken in too many pieces for surgery to stabilise meaning a cast was put on and it to be left for natural healing process to take place.

“After theatre she was taken straight into intensive care due to unstable observations and a low haemoglobin level. After two days in intensive care she was transferred into a trauma specialist ward in Addenbrooke’s.

“Since then she has began recovering, with physiotherapy every day, learning to move without weight bearing and slowly controlling the pain.”

Shania is now back in the QEH. Her injuries mean she can’t walk for three months.

Worse still, Miss Barwick, 22, who lives with Shania’s 35-year-old mum Suzanne Overson, says she can’t come home until a suitable house can be found for her due to her injuries and being bed and wheel chair bound for the foreseeable future.

She also requires a large amount of equipment to enable her to stay comfortable, reduce pressure sores and be as independent as possible. “We live near the College of West Anglia and our current house cannot be accessed safely by wheel chair, not only this but the house is not big enough for a wheel chair to fit,” she said. “She needs a profiling bed to enable her to turn and sit up as much as possible, plus moving and handling equipment.

“She has been through a terrifying ordeal and all we want to do is get her home and comfortable. We want our little Dorris home where she belongs.”

A crowd funding page has been set up on the gofundme website to raise £5,000 needed to rent a suitable house in Lynn and buy special equipment for Shania.

To donate, click here.

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