Woman regains hope following agonising fall

By FRAZER PEARCE

TWO weeks ago she had almost given up hope as she lay in agony on her bathroom floor with a badly broken leg.

Now Elizabeth Buckland is looking forward to going home after undergoing major surgery in Hillcrest Hospital.

Mrs Buckland, 50, suffered an horrific injury when her femur snapped and shattered after she fell in her Rockhampton home two weeks ago.

She was rescued after lying for more than two hours in agony on her bathroom floor when a passerby, Jimmy Byrne, heard her cries for help while on his morning walk.

Yesterday Mrs Buckland ? who has brittle bones after suffering polio when she was young and lost her left leg three years ago ? was in good spirits after undergoing a complex operation.

"I will have a good outcome,'' she said from her bed at Hillcrest Hospital.

"It will be as good as it can possibly be.''

She said she would be in hospital for another fortnight "at least''.

She praised the skill of her surgeon, Kim Bulwinkel.

She said her husband intended to install a personal alarm system and stress buttons in her house in case she suffers another serious fall.

She said it was something they could not afford but her husband said they had no choice.

"It has come to the stage where I'm not safe in my own home,'' she said.



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