Mum, who lost a leg crossing the street from Aldi, threw the baby to safety as cars crushed her

Wallasey’s Ruby Flanagan was carrying her newborn across a crosswalk near Aldi when she was crushed between a silver Mercedes and a blue Volkswagen in August 2021

Ruby Flanagan with partner Leon Clarke and son Leon
Ruby Flanagan with partner Leon Clarke and son Leon

A young nurse who threw her five-month-old to safety when he was about to be hit by a car has “blacked out” the horror crash.

Ruby Flanagan, 25, of Wallasey, was carrying her newborn baby across a crosswalk near Aldi when she was crushed between a silver Mercedes and a blue Volkswagen on Monday August 16, 2021.

Ruby, a nurse at Wirral’s Arrowe Park Hospital, was airlifted to Aintree Hospital after the crash and had to amputate her right leg and place the other in a stabilizing cage. Liverpool echo reported.

The heroic mum has now returned to Aintree to thank the staff who looked after her during her 13-week hospitalization which saw her have nine surgeries.

Ruby said: “It was awful being on the other side – I’m so used to being the one who takes care of me so being a patient has been so difficult.







Ruby Flanagan, who lost her leg in a horrific accident, has praised the “amazing” staff who saved her life
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“From the moment I was brought in, everyone at the Major Trauma Center was amazing and went above and beyond for me. I really felt like part of a family, part of the team.”

Ben Fischer, an orthopedic specialist at the Major Trauma Center where Ruby was treated, admitted he was incredibly proud of his team’s life-saving treatment.

He said: “When you have a life-altering injury that requires multiple surgeries, every second counts.

“At the Major Trauma Center, we are set up so that patients like Ruby can come right here and get the care they need.

“Having a multidisciplinary team of experts makes a real difference in the care of our patients.







The heroic mum has now returned to Aintree to thank the staff who looked after her during her 13-week hospitalization
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Ruby Flanagan said she “blocked” much of the incident when she was crushed between two cars
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“It is this teamwork that gives patients the best chance of recovery, and we are incredibly proud of the exceptional life-saving care we have and will continue to provide.”

For Ruby, the expert care at the Major Trauma Center has been paramount to her physical and mental recovery.

She said: “Being there for three months naturally made me so close to everyone and I think that really helped me on my road to recovery as they pushed me to do more to get better.

“It felt like a safety net knowing that I could be cared for by these amazing people.”






Ruby has had nine surgeries and praised the staff for their care

dr Róisín Cunningham, consultant clinical psychologist at Liverpool University Hospitals, says psychological support is vital to recovery as there are a range of traumatic circumstances where patients may need support.

She said: “From a psychological point of view, there’s a tremendous amount of adjustment that needs to be made, which requires tremendous strength and resilience.

“We help people adjust to loss and change, and we want patients to leave therapy believing in themselves.

“I am continually amazed by patients like Ruby and what they can achieve and overcome.







Ruby is so grateful to the staff
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“It’s about striking a positive balance between being motivated to keep going, but also acknowledging losses and allowing yourself to process what you may have been going through, especially for someone like Ruby who had a particularly traumatic experience .”

Ruby has continued her rehabilitation at STEPS, a special residential facility in Sheffield, and hopes to be able to remove the stabilization cage around her left leg and the bar in her pelvis by the end of July.

She is grateful to all of the staff who helped her and managed to put much of the traumatic accident aside.







Ruby Flanagan was seriously injured after being hit by a car at JunctionONE Retail Park in Merseyside
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Ruby said: “There are too many people to thank but everyone from the public on the day of the accident, North West Air Ambulance and North West Ambulance Service, to staff at MTC and Day One Trauma Support, they have helped me so much.

“I blocked out much of the accident. It was so traumatic – I can’t describe how it felt – but at the end of my three months in hospital I felt ready to leave and continue my rehabilitation thanks to all of the Aintree staff.

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