Eleanor Young has had to undergo eight surgeries on her leg since being allowed to leave Rome, Italy, months after he smash as she sounded a warning to e-scooter users
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A woman who came close to losing her leg following a horror e-scooter crash has issued a stark warning to other users.
Newcastle University student Eleanor Young was taking a ride on a trip to Rome, Italy, when she collided with a Smart Car.
The 21-year-old suffered a double break and a severed artery in the crash and was rushed to hospital where surgeons battled to save her leg.
She said the shock was so much that she didn’t feel any pain as she lay on the pavement, ChronicleLive report.
The modern languages student had more torture ahead – she also suffered dental fractures, and spent five days in intensive care before being transferred to an orthopaedic ward.
Eleanor underwent three operations before she was eventually allowed to fly home.
But her ordeal was far from over – she has since undergone five more surgeries on her leg, including removing and replacing metal rods.
Medics also fixed a metal cage on her leg and having her bone re-positioned to help it fuse back together.
She explained how her life changed in a split second on her holiday but is thankful she didn’t lose her leg.
Eleanor said: “Thankfully I can’t remember too much of the accident but I remember a few minutes later being on the ground and trying to get up.
“A passer-by told me not to and I immediately knew something was seriously wrong with my leg.
“I was in that much shock that I couldn’t really feel much pain. I remember going to hospital and having an MRI scan but the next thing I remember was waking up in hospital the next day with rods in my legs and being told that they nearly had to amputate my leg.
“Part of the bone in my leg had been shattered. I had an open compound fracture of my right tibia and severed an artery in my leg.
“I had two emergency surgeries abroad, one to save my leg and a second to put rods in to fix the bone together.”
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Life hasn’t been easy since she returned home last year – and she issued a warning to e-scooter users.
“Following the incident I’ve had to have a number of surgeries to fix my leg as it was deformed and I had non-union of the bone. It will never be the same again,” she added.
“My life went from an ordinary one for someone my age to one that seemed to be medical appointment after medical appointment and further operations.
“The collision has affected my life in so many ways. I was unable to properly get out of the house for months and I felt very alone. Since August 2020 I’ve had eight surgeries on my leg and a surgical procedure in my mouth due to severe damage to my teeth.
“A lot of people, particularly younger people think e-scooters and e-mopeds are fun. However, like any vehicles they can lead to serious injuries.”