Woman’s wheelchair falls sparks enquiry

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Woman’s wheelchair falls sparks enquiry thumbnailElizabeth Lyons after her two falls last Saturday. CC48-16s

A 74-year-old woman has been left battered and bruised after falling from her wheelchair twice in one day because of uneven pavements in Coleraine.
Elizabeth Lyons was thrown to the ground when her wheels lodged in a sunken fire hydrant in Kingsgate Street last Saturday, leaving her with a split lip and bruised face.
She'd already fallen once before that afternoon when her wheelchair toppled over while heading to the shops with her two daughters.
They have since enlisted MLA Maurice Bradley to encourage roads officials to conduct safety checks on town centre footpaths.
Despite her traumatic experience, Judith Quigley said her mother wanted to alert other wheelchair users to the dangers of uneven surfaces around Coleraine.
“She would be concerned for people out and about. Especially those who live alone and have no choice but to go out on a daily basis," said the worried daughter. "If this highlights the issue then I think she will be happy."
Judith went onto explain how an afternoon shopping trip had started badly when her mother's chair fell over while exiting the Leisure Centre car park. On this occasion she was uninjured and, although shocked, agreed to continue with their day out.
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