Thanking Good Samaritans who helped Buxton woman with broken ankle

Bridget Torkington thanks her Good Samaritans for rescuing her after she took a fall which resulted in a broken ankle and fractured leg
Bridget Torkington thanks her Good Samaritans for rescuing her after she took a fall which resulted in a broken ankle and fractured leg

A woman who broke her ankle in two places and fractured her leg while walking her dog wants to thank the Good Samaritans who helped her.

Bridget Torkington was walking in Grin Low woods on Saturday, May 20 when she slipped and her injuries were so severe she needed to have immediate surgery at Stepping Hill Hospital.

The 50-year-old from Burbage said: “So many people stopped to see how I was and with everything going on I never really got chance to thank them properly.”

She was returning back to the carpark with Finn an English Pointer and Alfie a West Highland Terrier when she fell and says it was the quick thinking actions of other people that kept her calm.

She said: “There was a couple behind me and when I fell they looked after my dogs to stop them running off and another lady walking a dog with an elderly greyhound came over.”

Bridget’s partner came and collected the dogs before taking Bridget to Buxton Cottage Hospital but as the x-ray machine was not on they sent her up to Stepping Hill where doctors said she had dislocated and broken her left ankle in two places as well as fracturing her tibia.

She said: “I was in so much pain I couldn’t put any weight on it and because of those kind-hearted strangers who stopped I wasn’t on my own which made me feel so much better.”
She has had surgery which put pins and plates in her leg and will be on crutches for six weeks although doctors said it will take up to seven months for her to heal properly.

Bridget added: “It is always nice to say thank you but I didn’t really get the chance. Those people didn’t have to stop but they did and it means so much to me.”