E-scooter crash leaves student in intensive care after almost losing leg

A 21-year-old student is taking legal action, after nearly losing a leg while riding an e-scooter on holiday.

Eleanor Young was in Rome when she suffered a double break in her right leg, and a severed artery, after a Smart Car crashed into her.

She was taken to hospital in the city, where surgeons attempted to save her leg.

Eleanor also suffered dental fractures and spent five days in intensive care.

The student, who reads modern languages at Newcastle University, had three more operations, before returning home in August last year.

She had to give up her studies for a year and moved back home so her parents could care for her – as well as attending hospital here.

Since then, she has had another five surgeries – including removing and replacing metal rods, fixing a metal cage on her leg and repositioning the bone to help it fuse.

And now, she has started legal proceedings through medical negligence lawyers, while also warning of the dangers of e-scooters.

She said: "My life went from an ordinary one for someone my age to one that seemed to be medical appointment after medical appointment and further operations.

"The collision has affected my life in so many ways. I had to defer a year of university and had to move back home with my parents.

"I was unable to properly get out of the house for months and I felt very alone.

"A lot of people, particularly younger people think e-scooters and e-mopeds are fun – however, like any vehicles they can lead to serious injuries."

Her case has been taken on by Irwin Mitchell.

Specialist international serious injury lawyer, Jayne Murphy has said that they are "investigating the circumstances around Eleanor’s accident" and are "determined" to support her through her recovery.

In the UK, e-scooters can only be ridden on public roads and in certain parts of the country where there are government-backed trials that offer approved vehicles for rent.

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