Woman fighting for life after car crash within hospital grounds

Alma Cole (left) with daughter Lindy Cole. Picture: SUPPLIED BY FAMILY

Alma Cole (left) with daughter Lindy Cole. Picture: SUPPLIED BY FAMILY - Credit: Archant

A 78-year-old woman from Mildenhall in Suffolk is continuing her fight for life in hospital after being seriously hurt in a freak accident at the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds.

Alma Cole, who lives in Emmanuel Close, had been for two appointments following treatment for breast cancer when she was hurt.

She was about to go home when she was involved in the car accident and suffered potentially life-threatening injuries and is currently being treated at Addenbrooke's Hospital, in Cambridge.

Her injuries included broken hips, broken bones in her leg, a collapsed lung, a fractured spine, trauma to the head and is currently in an induced coma, said her daughter Lindy Cole.

Medics and members of the public rushed to her aid as she was pinned underneath a car which had to be lifted off of her.


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'There has been no change since she was taken to Addenbrooke's and there is no brain activity and she is still on a breathing machine,' Lindy, who lives in Mildenhall and runs a cleaning business, said.

'The doctors do their miracles and the family is taking it in shifts to visit her and I go every day but it's taking its toll.'

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She makes the daily visits with her 21-year-old daughter Jodie Pooley, who is the manageress of Greggs on the westbound carriageway of the A11 at Thetford.

'If we do not go to see her and something positive or negative happens we will miss it.'

Lindy had words of praise for the medics and staff at both hospitals.

'They have been amazing and it makes you think about the NHS staff and how they are definitely under-estimated in the work they do and until something like this happens it helps you to realise how much they are valued. The nursing and trauma teams are fantastic.

'The doctors are very worried about mum. Broken bones can be repaired but not having oxygen to the brain is irreversible but we will just see how it goes,' she added.

The incident happened at 10.30am, on Friday, November 24, and police were alerted to the accident by the ambulance service.

Any witnesses to the crash are asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Team on 101 quoting reference CAD 128.

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