Ex-nurse left with broken spine and collapsed lung after horror quad bike crash

A retired nurse was feared dead after a horrific quad bike crash when on the holiday island of Crete left her "wrapped around a signpost" and lying in the road.

Mandy Symonds, 56, of Bradford has told of her nightmare experience when she was a passenger on a hired quad bike driven by her husband Chris, 57, and left with devastating injuries.

The mum suffered spinal injuries along with fractured ribs a broken collar bone and wrist and a collapsed lung despite the low speed of the crash, which happened due to a suspected steering fault causing the bike to strike a high curb.

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Mandy told YorkshireLive said: "He thought I was dead. My eyes were staring into space. I went over the top of Chris and was wrapped around a signpost. Chris flew off and the bike landed on him. He found out later that he had a broken wrist."

The mum-of-two spent 10 days in a local hospital diagnosed with injuries including fractured ribs, a punctured lung, and a broken collarbone before being flown to Leeds General Infirmary.

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But shortly after landing her condition deteriorated and she was found to have bleeding in the area around her collapsed lung and was rushed to intensive care.

Mandy added: "The injuries have taken a massive physical and psychological toll on me.

"I needed various surgeries including on my collarbone and I have also had issues with my wrist and back.

"Having to deal with the pain and discomfort constantly has meant that I am generally more tired as well and for a long time I was unable to carry out simple day-to-day tasks such as cleaning and shopping.

"The incident also massively disrupted my wax melt business and I had to shut down for several months as I attempted to recover.

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"It has just been a nightmare experience, but I feel fortunate that we had the right insurance in place with the quad bike company.

Irwin Mitchell lawyer Allison Slingo, who worked closely with Mandy to secure her settlement, said: "Mandy’s case highlights the dangers that can arise when hiring vehicles like quad bikes, as well as the importance of having insurance in place. Thanks to the latter, we were able to ensure that Mandy could get the support she requires.

"Holidaymakers should not underestimate the importance of such issues and we would urge people to take notice of a case like this."

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