Teenager tells how she survived ‘bomb-like injuries’ as bad as if she had been blown up in Afghanistan when she was run over by tractor and lost her leg: ‘I told my parents I loved them and accepted I was going to die’
- Lucie Maguire was 19 when she hit by the vehicle in North Yorkshire in 2021
- Leeds General Infirmary medics feared she wouldn’t survive the injuries
- Spent 518 days in hospital re-learning how to sit up, stand up and then walk
A teenager who was left with ‘bomb-like injuries’ after she was hit by a tractor has spoken out about her nightmare ordeal for the first time.
Lucie Maguire was 19 when she had her right leg amputated, broke her back and suffered more internal injuries after she was hit by the vehicle in North Yorkshire in January 2021.
The apprentice nursery worker was placed into an induced coma at Leeds General Infirmary after being dragged along the road underneath the machine’s ten-tonne trailer.
The now 22-year-old had been traveling back from work with her mum Sue, when she got out to help after the pair had stopped on the side of the road, due to their car filling with ‘horrible, black smoke’.
Medics feared Ms Maguire wouldn’t survive the severe internal bleeding she experienced, as her parents had been allowed visits to say their ‘goodbyes’ to their daughter.
Lucie Maguire was 19 when she had her right leg amputated, broke her back and suffered more internal injuries after she was hit by a tractor
Medics feared Ms Maguire wouldn’t survive the severe internal bleeding she experienced
Her mum Sue (far right) and dad Paul had been allowed visits to say their ‘goodbyes’ to their daughter in hospital
Speaking about the accident for the first time, Ms Maguire said she accepted she would die at the scene.
She said: ‘It was a cold, dark winter’s evening. My mum was driving me back home from work when the car started making funny noises and filled with horrible black smoke.
‘We pulled over on a country lane and I got out. I went to the driver’s side to help my mum.
‘I saw bright headlights coming towards me and thought it was someone who could help us.
‘That’s when I was hit by a tractor and dragged under its 10-tonne trailer. I was stuck under there going round continuously with the wheels and it spat me out a bit further down the road.
‘I remember not feeling in pain. My right leg just felt uncomfortable. I wanted someone to straighten it for me as I couldn’t.
‘I told my parents how much I loved them. I accepted I was probably going to die because surely nobody survives what I’d just been through.’
Ms Maguire had her right leg amputated at the hip, broke her back and suffered internal injuries. She is still having operations now and will have her bladder removed.
She spent months in hospital and it took her a while to re-learn how to sit up, stand up and then walk while holding a rail.
Ms Maguire had her right leg amputated at the hip, broke her back and suffered internal injuries
She spent months in hospital and it took her a while to re-learn how to sit up, stand up and then walk while holding a rail
The 22-year-old is still having operations now and will have her bladder removed
NHS staff even liaised with military doctors as they compared her injuries ‘to someone who had been blown up in Afghanistan.’
Lucie said: ‘When I woke up a month later in the intensive care unit I could see my mum at the foot of my bed and my dad was stroking my hair.
‘I couldn’t talk, I struggled to breathe, and I was in so much pain.
‘I had no idea about the severity of my injuries.
‘It was a few days before they told me I had no right leg. They had to amputate.
‘The right side of my pelvis was gone too and I had open wounds.
‘I had a lot of internal damage. A lot of my internal organs no longer worked.
‘The only way the doctor could explain my injuries was to compare me to someone who had been blown up in Afghanistan. I remember thinking ‘Wow, this is serious’.
‘The days, weeks and months became a blur. I had regular surgeries.
‘At one stage it took eight people to help roll me over and change me.
‘I had other people having to clean me and I thought this shouldn’t be happening to me at 19.’
Lucie left hospital on June 28, 2022, 518 days after the accident happened on a country lane between Ripley and Bishop Thornton.
She had to live in a makeshift bedroom in her parent’s pub because she couldn’t even use the stairs to access her family home above.
Now, Lucie uses a power-assisted wheelchair and lives as independently as she can in her own bungalow in her home village of Kirkby Malzeard.
Lucie left hospital on June 28, 2022, 518 days after the accident happened on a country lane between Ripley and Bishop Thornton
She had to live in a makeshift bedroom in her parent’s pub because she couldn’t even use the stairs to access her family home above
The apprentice nursery worker was supported by charity Day One Trauma Support – who help support people who have had a major trauma injury
She said: ‘At times I felt like the pain was never going to end. There was no light at the end of tunnel.
‘The hospital became my home. The staff became my family. It got to the stage where I didn’t want to leave. I never thought I would enjoy life again.
‘Every obstacle I overcame, I felt immensely proud of myself. Slowly I felt more positive and found strength I never knew I had. I’ve gained my independence.
‘If I’ve got through this, I can get through anything. It’s made me a more resilient person. Before I would have given up.’
Ms Maguire spent her first Christmas since the accident in hospital and said it ‘was the worst’ and that she couldn’t stop ‘worrying about her future.’
But she says she was supported by charity Day One Trauma Support – who help support people who have had a major trauma injury.
Lucie is now supporting their Christmas appeal, where they are aiming to help even more people who face life-changing injuries over the coming months.
She said: ‘Christmas 2021 in hospital was the worst.
‘I should have been partying with my friends, not crying in hospital and worrying about my future.
‘I’m so grateful that Day One was there for me and my family at Christmas.
‘They do so much for people with injuries like mine, which is why I’m so passionate to support their Christmas Appeal and would encourage anyone to donate and help other people like me.’
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