Honiton widow's gift to amputee

PUBLISHED: 13:32 24 March 2010 | UPDATED: 01:04 16 June 2010

A COURAGEOUS Honiton woman, who was left disabled after a freak accident, has found a new sense of freedom – thanks to a unique recycling scheme.

A COURAGEOUS Honiton woman, who was left disabled after a freak accident, has found a new sense of freedom - thanks to a unique recycling scheme.

Amputee Sally Cranmer, 45, of Dunning Court, is getting around town with ease after being presented with a mobility scooter by Honiton widow Carol Gilson.

Mrs Gilson set up a mobility scooter scheme in memory of her late husband, Joe, who wanted his scooter passed on to somebody else after he died.

The scooter given to Sally was donated by Derek Moss, of Honiton, in memory of his late father, Fredrick.

Sally was nominated to receive a scooter by deputy mayor Councillor Peter Fleming.

He said: "When Sally left school, she qualified as a State Registered Nurse. She joined the Territorial Army and, while on an exercise with the Queen Alexandra Royal Army Nursing Corp, got her leg caught in a pothole.

"The accident tore the ligaments in one of her legs but, after nearly a year in plaster, it was found her leg was dying. The only option was amputation."

Sally went on to develop the severest form of Complex Regional Pain Sydrome. She has a pacemaker, which acts as a spinal cord stimulator, to help ease pain.

Councillor Fleming said: "Sally is in constant pain and walking or using a manual wheelchair does not help her problem."

The Joe Gilson Mobility Scheme has more scooters to give away. Write to the Midweek Herald to nominate a deserving recipient.


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