Gran hospitalised for broken neck breaks back on day she’s due to be discharged

A grandmother who broke her neck in a farmyard accident managed to break her back on her final day in hospital.

Lindy Moors, 64, had been rushed to hospital when a barn door at her farm slipped off its runners and fell onto her head – breaking her neck. The horrendous injury required two surgeries to put right.

But on the day she was due to be discharged, Lindy was on the way to the loo when she felt faint and collapsed.

An x-ray showed that she had broken her back in the fall, and Lindy had to be rushed to the operating theatre for her third major surgery in a week.

But despite suffering two life-threatening injuries just days apart – either of which, doctors say, could have resulted in total paralysis – Lindy is still able to walk and talk.

"I have no idea how or why I'm still alive but I feel so lucky to be here,” she saya, “with the support of my amazing family and the staff at the hospital.

"But this experience has shown me I'm stronger than I thought I ever could be.

"Even after a serious accident, there's always hope."

The grandmother of five was initially booked in for two surgeries at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, to insert metal plates and bone grafts around the neck fracture caused by the falling door.

The successful surgeries on her neck took place on January 26 and 28 and doctors told her that her recovery was going well, and she could be discharged to recover at home on February 2.

Lindy was excited to be reunited with her husband Arthur, until just 12 hours before her discharge – when she suddenly collapsed on the way to the toilet.

"Everything went fuzzy, and I felt like I couldn't breathe," she recalled. "I tried to pull the cord for the nurse, but my knees must have just buckled."

"The next thing I remember, my back was in agony and I was lying sprawled out on the bathroom floor."

Barely able to move, Lindy was rushed for another x-ray – and to her horror, she learned she had fractured yet another vertebra – this time one in her lower back.

On February 3, she had her third major surgery in just eight days, where she had yet more screws and bolts fitted, as well as another titanium cage and bone graft.

She said: "I remember waking up from the third surgery and beginning to wonder how on earth I was still alive."

Despite a slow recovery process where she could barely move, and two enormous scars stretching almost the whole length of her spine, Lindy eventually became strong enough to stand up wearing a body brace to secure her neck and back.

"I've been told to take it easy but I'm pushing myself to do more and more every day," she said. "My physiotherapist can't believe how much stronger I've grown in the last three months."

As she continues to recover, she says she can't wait to tend the farm animals and go for long hikes with Arthur and their dog again.

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