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Hospital worker’s twin role helping road accident victim

A teenage road accident victim has thanked an off-duty trauma practitioner who came to his aid after coming off his motorcycle.

For not only did she help at the roadside but was also the woman responsible for overseeing the plastering of his two broken legs at Southport and Formby District General Hospital.

Jake Howarth, 18, was riding on Roe Lane, Southport, on Monday (September 30) when his machine was in a collision with a car.

He was thrown on to the pavement outside the home of Cathy Symonde-Edwards, the senior trauma casting practitioner who works setting broken limbs in the fracture clinic and Accident and Emergency department.

“I heard this almighty bang and went outside to see Jake and what was left of his bike,” she said. “I could see he had a nasty compound fracture to one ankle and was able to speak to the ambulance people as they made their way to us.”

Jake, from Churchtown, Southport, who is an apprentice mechanic at Jaguar Land Rover in Halewood, Liverpool, needed the bones in one leg screwing and plating, and both setting in plaster.

“It was only next day that I realised one of my new patients was the same man I’d helped the day before,” said Cathy.

Jake, whose mum Liz is a discharge coordinator also at Southport hospital, said: “It’s been a horrible experience but both me and mum are very grateful to Cathy for the care she’s shown both on and off-duty.”

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