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Carer praised after saving wheelchair man in crash

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: June 11, 2014

Marie Rowe recovering after the accident.

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A CARE worker has been recovering from her injuries after she was in a road accident as she pushed her friend in a wheelchair to safety.

Marie Rowe has been praised after her quick-thinking actions prevented her client, a 56-year-old vulnerable adult, from being seriously injured in the collision, which happened on Thursday afternoon while the pair were crossing a road near to Waterside Park.

The 41-year old said: "I was taking him out for a walk – we had decided to make the most of the beautiful weather and wander into Ashbourne to enjoy a cup of coffee and pick up his prescription.

"We had walked down from Clifton, where he lives, and started to cross the road by the roundabout, going towards Waterside Park.

"His wheelchair is quite heavy so it's hard to push quickly. I checked the road was clear both ways and we started to cross, when suddenly I saw a silver car on the other side of the roundabout.

"I thought it might go off up the A515 towards Sudbury, but when I realised it was coming straight for us I knew I had to act fast.

"I pushed the wheelchair with all my might so he was safe, but then in that instant I suddenly realised that meant I was going to be hit. I was so concerned that my client might have been hurt though, that I jumped straight back up to make sure he was okay. I think it must have been the adrenaline kicking in that made me stand up again straight away, but when I knew he was okay I collapsed."

A staff member from Homebase, who heard the accident on Thursday, called emergency services.

Ms Rowe was taken to the Royal Derby Hospital and released that night. She suffered back pain, swelling and bruising to her right hip, pain down her right leg and whiplash.

She works for Mediline Nurses and Carers and is a residential carer, spending every other week living with her client in Clifton.

She has been looking after him for more than six months and in that time she says she has become very fond of him.

"I didn't think twice about making sure he was okay and putting his welfare before mine,'' added Ms Rowe. "I was only doing my job and looking after him, but now I am worried. He was really upset when it happened."

Care manager Trish Ruparel, said: "Marie has proven that working in the care industry is not just a job.

"We are very proud to have Marie as part of our team, she has shown a genuine commitment to her client and we wish her a speedy recovery."

Ms Rowe has been resting at her mother's home, near Alfreton, but said she is keen to get back to work.

She said: "I also want to see the staff at Homebase as they were fantastic looking after both of us after it happened."

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