‘I know that I am just so fortunate and lucky to be alive’ Farm worker thanks life savers after quad bike crash near Dereham

09:05 03 April 2014

Cathy Barry, who is recovering in Addenbrooke

Cathy Barry, who is recovering in Addenbrooke's Hospital after a quad bike accident in Southburgh, near Dereham.


A farm worker who suffered a fractured skull and a broken collar bone when she was crushed under a quad bike has thanked all those who helped save her life.

Cathy Barry, who lives at the stud farm where she works in Southburgh, near Dereham, was carrying out day-to-day duties near to River Lane on the afternoon of March 18 when the bike flipped over and landed on top of her. She was found by a neighbour who called the emergency services. Ambulance crews, including the East Anglian Air Ambulance, the fire service and police came to her aid.

Ms Barry was initially taken by land to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital before being transferred to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.

The 34-year-old, whose nickname is Mouse and who has worked with racing horses all over the world, is still in hospital with a broken collar bone, fractured skull, a bleed on the brain and a black eye.

Ms Barry, who is originally from County Donegal in Ireland and has lived in Norfolk for two years, said: “I can’t remember anything from that Tuesday or the Monday before, and the other night I was awake from 4am to 6am crying in pain but I know that I am just so fortunate and lucky to be alive.

“I can’t believe how many people were really helpful. I’m extremely grateful to the neighbour who found me, the ambulance people, police, fire brigade and the helicopter people – I’m incredibly grateful to them all.

“When I’m out of here, I want to thank everybody who has looked after me so well.”

Ms Barry was helping farm owner Charlie Mason when the accident happened at about 3pm. It is still unclear how the bike flipped over.

The accident came just days before Ms Barry’s parents Mary and David, a nurse and pathologist, and her twin brother Peter were due to visit her in Southburgh for the first time.

She said they did not expect to be visiting her in hospital.

It is not yet known how long the member of Wymondham Athletics Club, who raised £6,000 for the Irish Cancer Society when she completed the New York Marathon in November, will be in hospital but it is hoped she will make a full recovery.

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