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Woman in intensive care after fall down stairs at her home in Frindsbury Road, Strood

By Lynn Cox

A man has described how he battled to save his fiancee’s life after she fell down the stairs at home, suffering serious head and neck injuries.

Nick Burton rushed to the aid of Sue Judd when she slipped at the property in Frindsbury Road, Strood, just before 2.45pm on Saturday.

The 44-year-old desperately tried to resuscitate her before calling 999.

Kent Air Ambulance. Stock photo
Kent Air Ambulance. Stock photo

He believes Sue, 61, who broke her right arm three months ago, had lost her grip on the banisters before she fell.

“I just ran down the stairs and started breathing in her mouth,” he said. “Until she started breathing I couldn’t get to the phone.

“It was a bit of a tight spot. When she started breathing I went straight for the phone.

“I could tell how serious it was. I was screaming down the phone at the operator and they managed to get here in five minutes, maybe less, despite the fact they’re so busy. They stayed on the phone until the crew got here.”

The Kent Air Ambulance landed in Church Green, Strood.
The Kent Air Ambulance landed in Church Green, Strood.

Speaking earlier today, he said Sue, who used to work in the legal profession, was in intensive care and had been placed in a medically induced coma, after been flown by air ambulance to King’s College Hospital in London.

“She’s had bleeding on the brain, but they’re saying it doesn’t need to be operated on,” he said.

“She’s broken a neck bone, broken her left humerus and had to undergo a five hour operation yesterday on her neck to remove the bone fragments.

The Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance was called out.
The Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance was called out.

“She has a bolt in her head to relieve the pressure on her brain and we just don’t know yet if she will pull though as the doctors say until they wake her up, they just can’t tell us any more. It is just too early to tell.

“It’s a pretty bad time. I’ve not had much sleep either and have been at the hospital a lot at her bedside.”

The air ambulance landed at Church Green, Frindsbury, following the accident. A doctor and paramedic helped land ambulance crews in treating her at the scene, before she was flown to hospital.

Mr Burton who is a carer, added: “I want to say thank you to the ambulance and the air crew. They were fantastic.

“The hospital staff have been brilliant too, they have been doing all they can for Sue. I am very grateful.”

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