Healthy mum shatters spine in four places and bites through tongue after fit

A social care worker broke her back in four places and bit through her tongue while having a seizure as she was working in the community.

Tracy Smith had her first ever epileptic fit two weeks ago while giving a patient a body wash – following which she woke up in "horrendous" pain and surrounded by paramedics.

The 42-year-old, from St Helens, was rushed to hospital where she said doctors started running to see the X-ray due to the severity of her injuries.

"I woke up that Wednesday fine, I went to work, had an epileptic seizure, broke my back in four places and was diagnosed with osteoporosis all in one day," she told the Echo .

"I just want to get my life I used to have back, it has changed so much I want to be back at work and my life back to how it was."

Test results revealed she had broken her spine in four places – including a burst fracture – meaning parts of the spine shattered into surrounding tissue and possibly the spinal canal.

Tracy was then transferred to the Walton Centre where she had an eight-hour operation to rebuild the bottom of her back with "bolts and screws", before which she was warned she may never walk again.

However, the operation was successful and Tracy now has a long recovery ahead – made more difficult after being diagnosed with osteoporosis – a condition that weakens the bones and makes them more likely to break.

The  St Helens mum  said she currently relies on using a wheelchair or a shopping trolley to get around the house and her 18-year-old daughter has to do all of her personal care.

She added: "I'm still in shock, I cry sometimes. I used to have such a normal life and now I am in a wheelchair or I have to use one of those trolleys that elderly people use to get around the house.

"My daughter has been amazing, she's only 18 and she was there from 8am to 11pm when I was in hospital.

"She now does all of my personal care including washing and showering and I have my mum looking after me.

"I just want the life I used to have. If I have to use a walking stick in the future I would like a pink one.

"I am dead girlie, I always get my nails done and I work hard for that – I just want to be to be who I was before."

Tracy said doctors are now waiting to see how her body recovers and will see a specialist in a few weeks time.

The mum was provided some aids from the NHS to help with her recovery at home and is on a waiting list for physiotherapy.

However, her friends and family have set up a JustGiving page to get extra equipment to aid a quicker recovery and help the mum "get back on her feet" and the "chance to get her future back".

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