Nurse lucky to be alive after horror smash

By Mike Lewis in Local People

A FISHGUARD nurse who survived an horrific road collision on the A40 near Letterston has praised the kindness of passers-by who rushed to her aid.

Wendy Lewis, who works at Withybush Hospital’s Ward 10, became the first Pembrokeshire patient to be airlifted to Morriston Hospital aboard the Wales Air Ambulance’s new helicopter following the accident on the afternoon of Friday, 7 April.

Mrs Lewis was still in her nurse’s uniform at the time of the crash, having just completed her shift.

“I have been overwhelmed by well wishes and by offers of help and support,” the 50-year-old mum-of-one, who escaped with cracked vertebra, told the County Echo this week.

“This experience has shown me the good in people as well as the fantastic emergency services we have here in Wales.

“All in all it was pretty surreal. I’m never ill, the only previous time I’ve been a hospital patient was when I gave birth to my son and I’d never had an accident in over 30 years of driving.

“I know I was very, very lucky – it could have been so much worse.”

Mrs Lewis’s blue Ford Focus was written off in the collision with a grey Peugeot 207 as she made her way home following a hospital shift.

“A split second before it happened I remember thinking ‘this is it’,”she recalled. “Moments later I came to a stop and thought: ‘My life is going to be a lot different now. But I must be still alive because I can wiggle my toes’.

Among those first on the scene were a couple of Wendy’s nursing colleagues and the mother of one of her son’s rugby team-mates.

Read the full story in this week’s County Echo, on sale now

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