Woman’s appeal for witnesses after life-changing fall

Lorraine Moodey
Lorraine Moodey

A mum-of-two is forced to wear a leg brace – nearly two years after a fall left her with a broken knee.

Lorraine Moodey is now appealing for witnesses to her fall at Mansfield Leisure Park in October 2016.

Lorraine Moodey

Lorraine Moodey

The 57-year-old, of Farnsfield, broke her kneecap in three places, leaving her permanently affected by her injuries.

Since the accident, she has only just managed to regain her freedom after losing her job as a house renovator and being unable to walk for almost a year.

The accident took place on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at about 2.30pm, outside Apollo Bingo and McDonalds, and Lorraine is appealing for any witnesses who were present at the time to come forward.

She said: “I know there was a man just more than 6ft who helped me get onto my feet and into the McDonalds, and I also know there were people in the McDonald’s at the time who will have seen the fall.”

Lorraine Moodey

Lorraine Moodey

Since the incident, Lorraine’s life has been “turned upside down”, being unable to work for her former company as a home renovator as well as failing to secure other employment due to insurance issues.

She currently wears a leg brace which keeps her knee straight and allows her to walk independently.

However, prior to operations she could not walk, drive or navigate her house.

She said: “It was one of the most debilitating experiences of my life.

“I got so lonely over Christmas because I couldn’t leave the house.

“I had gone from working in the same job for 15 years – which I loved – to not being able to even find work or even walk.”

Lorraine now faces an anxious wait to discover when she will have a prosthetic femur and tibia fitted, as well as a new knee, and, because she is unable to work full-time or secure employment, she faces losing her home.

If you have any information about Lorraine’s accident or were witness at the time of the incident, contact your Chad anonymously at newsdesk@chad.co.uk