A GRANDMOTHER was left needing a four-hour operation to insert a metal plate, three bolts and five screws into her leg after a freak accident in a shop car park.
Sixty-year-old Molly Allen had only popped to the new Sainsbury’s, in Station Lane, Seaton Carew, for some bread when a Vauxhall Meriva car drove onto her foot.
She 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.
Paramedics were called to the car park, as were police who taped off the site while Molly, of Farndale Road, Seaton Carew, was attended to.
The mum-of-one and grandmother-of-two was then rushed to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, where she underwent a four-hour operation to try to repair the damage on Sunday.
Retired Molly, who worked as a home help for 23 years, is still in hospital five days on with a thigh-high plaster on her leg.
And she is under doctors’ orders to refrain from putting any weight on it for at least two-and-a-half months.
Today her husband, Hartlepool boxing coach Paul Allen, 60, said: “When I first saw her in the hospital her leg was in a right state. It was shattered below the knee, then from the knee down her leg was twisted in-over, but then her foot went out-over.
“She was on morphine for the pain, because as you can imagine it was extremely painful.
“When she had the operation she was in theatre for four-and-a-half hours and they put a plate, three bolts and five screws in her leg.
“She’s got a full cast right up to her thigh and she’s not allowed to put weight on it for two-and-a-half months at least. Then she’s going to have to have loads of physiotherapy.
“The doctor said it is really bad, but we’re hoping she’ll be able to get back to normal eventually.
“She’s normally quite an active person as well and we help look after the grandkids all the time.”
Paul, who works as a team leader at Lucite International, in Billingham, added: “We’d also really like to thank the people who helped Molly at the time of the accident.
“They stayed with her and supported her and we’d like them to know we really appreciate it.”
A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police said: “Police and ambulance were called by a passer-by to the Sainsbury’s car park at 6.30pm on Friday. A 60-year-old woman had a leg injury and was taken to hospital. The vehicle involved was a black Vauxhall Meriva.”
No action is to be taken against the driver.
A Sainsbury’s spokeswoman said: “After the accident a colleague stayed with the injured woman until the paramedics arrived and another directed cars away from the incident.”