My name is Kay Kitto
It’s been one year since my accident. On September 2nd 2016? I was loading the boot of our family car, I’m visually impaired and had actually just put my guide dog into the car. I was waiting for my husband to bring out the cat and the last couple of bits when a lorry coming up the road crashed into the mobile home parked behind us and pushed it into me crushing me into the back of the car and then tearing over me which is what ripped my legs open. The force of the impact was such it threw my guide dog clear out of the car, I didn’t know this as I was now unconscious.
I suffered severe open fractures to both legs (right thigh and left tib and fib) my back was fractured in three places, I had a head injury and extensive bruising to my whole body. My life was saved at the scene and it was touch and go at each stage of transport if I’d make it to the next destination. I made it to the first hospital and then had to be blue lighted to the nearest trauma unit which is normally about a 90min drive, but it was the end of the summer holidays and all the holiday makers were heading home. I survived the journey to the trauma unit and was in the operating theatre not long after. My legs were cleaned debrided and fitted with fixators and traction. Then 48 hours later I was back in surgery to have my bones fixed back together, an intramedullary nail down through my right thigh and plates and screws in my left shin. Plastic surgery team cut a portion of my left calf muscle and brought it round to the front of my leg to cover the shin and the metalwork. The donor skin for grafts was taken from my thighs to use on my legs. It was hoped that my legs were fixed.