A SCHOOLGIRL who was impaled on the handlebars of her bike has returned to the ward which helped her recover to pass on her thanks.
Emily West Nethercot, from Houghton, was admitted to the Treetops Ward, at the University Hospital of North Durham, after the freak accident.
The 10-year-old was staying with her grandparents in Durham when the accident happened.
Emily, a pupil at Cestria Primary School in Chester-le-Street, said: “I was wheeling my bike down the side of the house and must have slipped because it fell over and I landed on top of it and the brake lever went right into my chest.”
Her older sister Chloe shouted for her grandparents, who supported her as she remained crouched over the bike, unable to move, while an ambulance was called.
The skin on her back was bulging as the brake lever threatened to push right through.
Paramedics called the air ambulance, but firefighters from Durham managed to cut the handlebars and place Emily, with the handlebars still embedded in her body, into an ambulance.
The youngster remained conscious and talking throughout the ordeal.
She was taken to the accident and emergency department where, after X-rays to determine the exact position of the lever, Dr Rob Greig removed the handlebars.
She was transferred to Treetops Ward to recover from the ordeal.
Now Emily, who is back at school, has returned to the ward with her sister to present staff with a a dolls’ house for the children on the ward to play with.
Angela Traynor, who works on the ward, said, “We were all amazed at Emily because she was so brave and never even cried.
“It was one of those blood-curdling injuries that was the talk of the hospital. It’s really lovely to see her so well so quickly.”
Colleague Tracey Wintrip added: “The children will love the dolls’ house.
“It’s in such good condition and full of furniture and fittings, even a washing machine.”
Emily’s accident happened on October 30 in Larches Road.
The ward, which is a specialist children’s ward, welcomes toys and games in good condition for its patients and visiting youngsters to play with.