Injured gran back home

Molly Allen pictured with husband Paul.
Molly Allen pictured with husband Paul.

A GRANDMOTHER who was left needing a four-hour operation to repair damage to her leg following an incident in a shop car park has returned home from hospital.

Molly Allen spent 12 days in hospital and underwent surgery to insert a metal plate, three bolts and five screws into her leg after a car drove over her foot in the Sainsbury’s car park, in Station Lane, Hartlepool.

The 60-year-old fell to the ground while her foot was still under the car’s tyre, shattering and twisting her leg below the knee and leaving her in agony around 6.30pm on Friday, January 20, as previously reported by the Hartlepool Mail.

But retired home help Molly has now been allowed back to her home in Farndale Road, Seaton Carew, and is being cared for by her husband, boxing coach Paul Allen, 60.

He said: “She’s now home and she’s comfortable. She’s having to live downstairs because she can’t put any weight on it and can’t bend it at all.

“She’s just able to shuffle herself out of bed with my help, because to be honest, her leg with the cast and brace on weighs way more than she does.

“She’s just started being able to sit in a chair as well.”

The mum-of-one and grandmother-of-two, who has a cast and bracing on the injured leg, has to go back to see doctors at the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, later this month to make sure it is healing correctly.

Army veteran Paul, who works at Lucite International, in Billingham, added: “We’d like to say a big thank you to all of our friends and neighbours who’ve sent cards and wished Molly well.

“They’ve been really good, she’s broken down a couple of times because she can’t believe the support.

“Some of our friends have even travelled from Pontefract to see her.”

A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police said officers are still investigating the incident.