July 23 2014 Latest news:
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
A close friend of a woman left seriously injured after her mobility scooter was in collision with a van has spoken of her shock and distress.
Eileen Bartropp, 77, who suffers from multiple sclerosis (MS), was left lying in a north Norfolk road with multiple injuries, according to her friend, Caroline Hubbard.
Police said the van driver failed to stop but was later traced and a man was yesterday helping them with their enquiries.
Mrs Hubbard said her friend was due to undergo surgery today, at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, on a wrist and elbow broken in the accident which happened on Brandiston Road, Cawston, at about 3pm on Monday.
Mrs Bartropp, who lives in the village, was also left with six broken ribs, a broken jaw, a punctured lung and bruising after the collision.
She was still in intensive care yesterday but was sitting up, talking and being “very positive”, said Mrs Hubbard, 50, of Shortthorn Road, Stratton Strawless.
Mrs Hubbard, who visited her on Monday evening, said she had reminded her of their trip to see Dance ’Til Dawn at the Theatre Royal, Norwich, the previous week.
“She said ‘Yes, it was wonderful. I’ll think about that,’” Mrs Hubbard recalled. Mrs Bartropp’s distraught husband Don and their son had also been at her bedside.
“Eileen’s had MS since she was 33 but she’s never let anything stop her,” said Mrs Hubbard. “She’s a happy, lovely, kind, warm person who keeps her house impeccably, loves clothes and shopping, has lots of friends and keeps up with current affairs.
“She’s been like a grandmother to my two boys and like a second mum to me - she’s family.”
Last week Mrs Hubbard and Mrs Bartropp had gone to a charity afternoon tea together in North Walsham to celebrate her 77th birthday. The Bartropps retired to Cawston from London about 14-15 years ago and got to know Mrs Hubbard who, at that time, lived in the same road.
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