A young mum has said she’s ‘happy to be alive’ after being involved in a horror crash which caused her to lose a leg. Ruby Flanagan, from Wallasey, travelled to Bidston Moss Retail Park with her nan on Monday, August 16, when she was crushed between a silver Mercedes and a blue Volkswagen whilst walking over a zebra crossing carrying her five-month-old baby in a car seat, reports the Liverpool Echo.
Ruby, who works as a nurse in Arrowe Park Hospital, was airlifted to Aintree Hospital after the crash and had to have her right leg amputated and the other reconstructed and put into a stabilising cage.
Since the crash Ruby has had nine operations after suffering a shattered pelvis and multiple fractures in her left leg.
Ruby’s baby boy, Leon, was not hurt in the crash after she was able to get him out of harm’s way.
In recent weeks Ruby has spoken out for the first time since the accident and created an Instagram account so people can follow her amputee journey.
She spoke of how she’s “happy to be alive” and thanked the NHS, Aintree Hospital and the public for their support.
A post on Instagram read: “On the 16th August my life was completely changed because I was in a freak accident resulting in me losing my right leg, multiple fractures to my left leg and a fractured pelvis.
“In just nine weeks so much has changed and I have come so far but I am happy to be alive.
“I’m so thankful to the NHS for saving my left leg and my life. I’m also thankful to the public for initially saving my life before the paramedics arrived so thank you.
“I cannot fault the care I have received, the staff at Aintree Hospital have truly gone above and beyond.”
The 24-year-old has recently shared progress she has made bending her knee during physiotherapy after surgeons reconstructed her leg.
She also shared a post thanking her friends, family and her ‘two Leon’s’ for all their support.
The post included a video from ‘The Ruby Red Fundraiser’ where an amazing £6,956 was raised to go towards her future medical and living costs.
The Instagram post said: “I truly am blessed with the best. The support, love and positivity I have behind me is truly what helps me through these hard times.”
Another fundraiser, hosted by her sisters-in-law raised a total of £2,000, this is on top of the £90,000 raised on her GoFundMe page.
To donate to Ruby’s GoFundMe page click here.