Bloodied and bruised, 84-year-old speaks out
Published: 19 Jul 2012 13:000 comments
The 84-year-old injured her face, nose, arm and knee and was left bleeding heavily on the ground following the stumble in the Cornagrade area on Monday morning.
To add insult to injury, the pensioner claims she waited for three hours at the new South West Acute Hospital before she was given a painkiller to ease her discomfort.
"After I fell I lay on the ground and was bleeding so bad I couldn't see. When people are taught to drive they are taught not to park their car at an entrance, or obstruct any other person. Common sense tells you not to do that," she said.
Inspector Roy Robinson of Enniskillen Police says the driver who parked on the footpath has been reported to the Public Prosecution Service and may face prosecution for allowing his vehicle to cause an obstruction.
"It is by the grace of God that this woman didn't die in this accident," he said.
The elderly grandmother, who doesn't want to be named, fell while trying to manoeuvre her zimmer frame around the car. She sustained cuts and bruises.
"I fell onto my mouth and nose, my arm has been left black and blue. I was covered in blood; my face, hair, hands. Even the blouse, trousers and shoes were saturated in blood. A lady ran over to me, took tissues from my bag and mopped up the blood," she said.
Shortly after she fell, her son just happened to arrive at the scene and witnessed the commotion. "He seen his mother lying on the ground and the blood spewing out of her - he got an awful fright. He rushed me to the hospital. The blood was gushing out of me the whole way there".
But it was at the new South West Acute Hospital where the pensioner's pain continued.
"I was brought to accident and emergency and the blood was spewing out of me. I was put into a very posh room and was left there until someone took my blood pressure. They told me the doctor would see me shortly - I waited for quite sometime.
"Nobody cleaned me up at first, I was just sitting in a mess. My hair and face was still covered in blood. I was then left sitting in a long corridor outside the x-ray department. Nobody came out to see me at that point and I was there for half an hour, sitting in pain," she said.
After the x-ray was carried out, the lady says she was asked to wait outside in the corridor again.
"By that stage I needed to go to the bathroom. I asked a staff member if she could bring me to the toilet and she said she wouldn't be allowed to do that. So a doctor then brought me to the toilet. But nobody came to take me back out of the bathroom and the wheelchair wouldn't go out of the door".
She claimed she was first given a painkiller to ease the pain three hours after she first asked for one.
"I asked them for a painkiller three or four times - my head was all raw and sore," she said.
While she doesn't blame the staff, the pensioner says the 'system' needs reviewed.
"The system is so bad: You can't see anyone. You are isolated. You are in a room. Nobody sees you. People are going about their business and doing their job. They don't look in at you because they aren't dealing with you.
"Do you understand what I am saying? There was nobody there to speak to, nobody to ask. I could have died in that place and nobody there. Up at the old hospital, the Erne, they were caring, they were allowed to be caring," she said.
A spokesperson for the Western Trust declined to comment on the woman's specific complaint - citing patient confidently - but in relation to the single occupancy rooms at the hospital, she said.
"Offering single rooms protects patient privacy and dignity and importantly, it is the best possible option for the prevention and control of infections."
Looking back at her fall this week, the pensioner says she is thankful it wasn't more serious.
"It could have been worse, I could have broken a bone or worse. Hopefully by telling my story this kind of thing won't happen again.
"I am not looking for revenge, but if the man was to look at me and see my face he would think again before he parked his car on the footpath," she said.
Commentscomments powered by Disqus
Get more stories from our Roundup section
10 Mar 2014 21:39
Ballinamallard made their exit from the Setanta Cup with a 5-0 defeat at the hands of reigning Airtricity League champions St. Pat's Athletic tonight.
10 Mar 2014 19:00
A crook’s car has become a police car.
10 Mar 2014 17:00
The Department of Regional Development is to spend £2.26 million on carrying out structural maintenance on roads in Fermanagh.
10 Mar 2014 15:02
The Green Party has announced that Laurence Speight, from Derrygonnelly, is to stand for election to the new Fermanagh and Omagh District Council in May's election.
10 Mar 2014 13:00
CEREBRAL Palsy sufferer, Sarah Griffith, from Aghadrumsee will take on the challenge of a lifetime in two hours time when she begins her two mile walk around the Lakeland Forum Race Track.
10 Mar 2014 11:30
THE Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development has said “all that can be done is being done” in reducing the risk of further flooding in Fermanagh.
10 Mar 2014 10:00 • Julie Kenwell
THE final countdown is on for South West Acute Hospital’s (SWAH) transition to an entirely smoke-free site on March 12.
9 Mar 2014 22:00 • Rodney Edwards
THERE is a “very strong possibility” that human trafficking is taking place in Fermanagh.
9 Mar 2014 19:30 • Lily Dane
A geophysical survey will be completed over coming weeks on the Queen Anne site at Castle Coole, Enniskillen, where a newly opened Lake Walk extension, lined with captivating snowdrops, is proving a welcome development.
9 Mar 2014 16:02
Fermanagh's goal now will be to avoid relegation after defeat to Roscommon today at Brewster Park ended any hopes of promotion.
9 Mar 2014 13:00 • Editorial Department
SINN Fein Councillor Stephen Huggett said he hoped a fellow councillor would place a ‘bomb’ underneath the Housing Executive during a meeting of Fermanagh District Council.
9 Mar 2014 11:30 • Lily Dane
Sheelin Lace London, which recently opened in the capital city, is an expansion of the specialised Fermanagh business, Sheelin Lace.
9 Mar 2014 09:00 • Editorial Department
A 26-year-old disqualified driver who narrowly missed hitting a pedestrian while fleeing from police has been warned he could be jailed for 10 months.
8 Mar 2014 19:00 • Editorial Department
Roscommon come calling to Enniskillen this Sunday and put their 100 percent record on the line against a Fermanagh side who will still be reeling from last weekend’s defeat to Longford in which they threw away a nine point lead at Pearse Park.
8 Mar 2014 17:30
Cliftonville proved too strong for Ballinamallard at Solitude today as they ran out 5-0 winners to maintain their push to retain the Gibson Cup.
8 Mar 2014 15:00 • Meadhbh Monahan
The news that the Education Minister John O’Dowd has accepted Enniskillen Integrated Primary School’s Development Proposal, allowing an increase in year one pupils from 30-56, was being celebrated in style last Friday.
8 Mar 2014 13:00 • Meadhbh Monahan
There were emotional scenes in a Derrylin hair salon last Friday as 10-year-old Katie Corrigan had 10 inches of her beautiful blonde hair cut off.
8 Mar 2014 10:00 • Brian Donaldson
With the 100th anniversary of the First World War being commemorated this year, there are many events throughout the county to mark this historic event.
7 Mar 2014 22:05
Fermanagh manager Pete McGrath has made two changes to his starting team from the side that started against Longford against last Sunday