Pioneering surgery saves life of mum

Pioneering surgery survivor: Frances 'Bobby' Jones from Wakefield. 'w309b315
Pioneering surgery survivor: Frances 'Bobby' Jones from Wakefield. 'w309b315
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A former nurse who suffered life-threatening injuries after slipping in the snow has been saved by quick-thinking medics and pioneering surgery.

Frances “Bobby” Jones, 66, was given a one in 10 chance of survival after smashing her rib cage when she fell onto a parked car’s tow bar near her Wakefield home.

The grandmother-of-two suffered nine broken ribs, which fractured into 21 separate pieces. Her lung punctured and collapsed. She also broke her collar bone.

Mrs Jones was taken to Pinderfields Hospital where medics immediately recognised she needed expert help from a renowned surgeon, John Edwards, at Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital.

Care home nursing manager Mrs Jones said: “I feel extremely lucky to be alive. If Pinderfields hadn’t recognised so quickly what I needed then I wouldn’t have stood a chance.”

The marathon seven-and-a-half hour operation was pioneering and involved six plates and 40 screws being inserted into Mrs Jones’s chest.

After surgery the patient was transferred back to Pinderfields for recovery and “inspirational” physio.

Mrs Jones added: “The care I received was absolutely unbelievable. It’s a good advert for the NHS.”

The pensioner is expected to make a full recovery within six months.

As a thank you for her treatment, Mrs Jones’ son, Alan Burns, who helps arrange talks by SAS heroes, has booked Andy McNab for a fundraiser in Wakefield next month. The best-selling author will talk about the daring Bravo Two Zero mission. Proceeds will go to both hospitals and a military memorial.

Dr Richard Jenkins, medical director at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “Our staff work hard to ensure every patient receives the best possible treatment based on their needs and it is nice to receive this feedback. I would also like to thank Mr Burns for his fundraising efforts, which is very much appreciated.”

Andy McNab will be at Wakefield’s Cedar Court Hotel on Wednesday, May 29 from 7pm.

Tickets cost £12 and include an exclusive limited edition badge.

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