Paralysed Boldon mum tells of her despair

Mum Claire Hilton, 28, from West Boldon, who was left paralysed following a pub row.
Mum Claire Hilton, 28, from West Boldon, who was left paralysed following a pub row.
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A MOTHER left paralysed after a row over a spilt drink has spoken for the first time of her ordeal.

Claire Hilton, a Sunderland telesales worker, had been enjoying a night out with friends in the Wheatsheaf pub, in West Boldon, when the alleged argument happened on June 11.

After she left the bar to walk home, she was attacked and her neck was broken in three places.

She remains in Middlesbrough’s James Cook University Hospital

Claire, 28, said: “I still can’t come to terms with how much my life has changed.

“I’ve been told I’ll never walk again. All the things I used to enjoy, like playing with my boy and going out with my friends, I can’t do any more.

“I used to love my job as well, but I can’t do that any more either. My whole life is different. I can’t get used to the fact I’ll never be an able-bodied person ever again.

“I can’t do the things normal people can.

“I’ll always be in this wheelchair.

“It’s not fair that something like this happens to a 28-year-old.”

Three people have appeared in court charged in connection with the events of that night.

Christopher Towers, 24, of New Road, Boldon Colliery, Kelly McKone, 29, of Stanhope Road, Jarrow, and Lynn Flaherty, 46, of New Road, Boldon Colliery, have all appeared in court in connection with the incident.