Nurse nearly ‘cut in half’ in fair ride horror was given 0% chance survival

A trainee nurse has "miraculously" survived being thrown from a fairground ride which almost cut her in half.

Fighter Chloe Austin defied 0% odds that medics gave her in pulling through a horrific incident which left her with multiple open fractures to her right leg and pelvis in August last year.

The 21-year-old from Barrow in Furness spent 22 days in a coma and underwent multiple life-saving surgeries before a gruelling recovery involving her learning to walk all over again.

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The Major Trauma Service manager at Royal Preston Hospital, Lancashire, Karen Haworth explained that Chloe walking out of the hospital was "an absolute miracle" after suffering the "worst pelvic fracture a person can have".

Chloe The Mirror: "When I woke up I couldn't remember anything, I didn't even remember going to the fair.

"I just kept thinking I must have been in a car crash.

"When the doctors told me I would most likely never walk again it was probably one of the hardest things I've ever had to deal with."

Refusing to accept that news, Chloe set herself little goals which eventually saw her up and moving after four "soul destroying" months of being bed bound.

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Karen Haworth from Royal Preston said staff at Furness General Hospital where Chloe was first taken all thought she was going to die there.

It was a feeling shared when Chloe arrived at Preston's emergency department too but she refused to stop fighting what could have easily become fatal injuries.

Karen said: “Anyone surviving that is an absolute miracle.

“Day by day she has just overcome each obstacle and now she is training to be a nurse which is so overwhelming.

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“I’ve been doing this job for five years and I don’t recall anything like Chloe’s story."

Chloe, who was on course to qualify as a nurse before her studies were derailed by the life-threatening injuries, has set her sights on working at the same major trauma centre that saved her.

She said: “In the future I’d love to go into major trauma or even work at Royal Preston Hospital maybe one day.”

Karen added: “If she ever wants a job at Royal Preston we will make it happen.”


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