Grandmother unconscious for half-an-hour after falling off wheelchair while avoiding overgrown bush
A GRANDMOTHER was unconscious for 30 minutes after she fell from her wheelchair when she was forced to swerve to avoid an overgrown bush.
Barbara Taylor suffers with multiple sclerosis, meaning she is forced to use a motorised wheelchair to get around.
The 67-year-old, who lives in Crossdale Road, Breightmet, was out with her granddaughter, 11-year-old Tara Taylor, when she found herself unable to get past the large bush in nearby Withins Drive.
Mrs Taylor tried to move around the bush — but her wheelchair tipped and she fell into the road, banged her head and was unconscious.
Her granddaughter, Tara, knocked on a neighbour’s door, who came to help and a passer-by called an ambulance.
Mrs Taylor said: “I don’t really remember it — the first thing I remember was waking up in hospital, wondering what happened.
“It still feels quite sore where I landed but I am feeling a bit better.”
She suffered severe bruising to her face and a fractured collarbone. Mrs Taylor is now calling for something to be done.
Mrs Taylor, who fell on September 25, added: “I don’t think I will be going that way again, well not until something is done — once bitten, twice shy.”
Her grandson, Sean Taylor, aged 23, said: “I’m just really gutted for her — they need to sort that area out, because it is also forcing school kids to walk in the road to get past it, which is very dangerous — I have been told that people have already complained about it.” A Bolton council spokesman said that the council was “not aware” of any complaints about the hedgerows in Withins Drive but added it has “acted immediately to ensure that the overhanging branches are removed”.
The spokesman added: “It is always of concern to us when we hear of any accidents on council-owned land and we wish the lady a full and speedy recovery.
“We always respond quickly to any report of hedgerows that are obstructing paths and take immediate action to ensure the paths are safe for all pedestrians to use.”
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