A Sutton mum has told how a trip to take her talented ice dancer daughter to a competition in Scotland ended in a horror car smash.
Chelsea McKenzie, aged 43, her seven-year-old daughter Kendal and her mum Sharon Muldoon had to be cut free from the mangled wreckage of their car after the crash near Dundee.
The accident has left Kendal with her leg broken above the knee and she had to endure a long trip back to Sutton’s King’s Mill Hospital to continue her treatment.
Chelsea suffered whiplash and smashed her head on the windscreen of their Citroën C2 car in the smash on Thursday, August 4, while Sharon suffered severe bruising.
Mum and daughter were initially treated at Dundee’s Royal Victoria Hospital before Chelsea was discharged and Kendal transferred to King’s Mill.
Chelsea said: “Kendal is a talented ice skater – she only started nine months ago and has already won her first competition. We were taking her up to Dundee to an under-nines competition when the crash happened
“We were driving along with another car in front of us when a car came out of nowhere and we ended up all over the road. The car was a complete wreck.
“My mum took the main force and had to be cut out. I was horrified to see Kendal had blood all over her face.
“I didn’t realise at the time she also had a broken femur.
“It was very traumatic – Kendal was frightened her grandma was going to die.”
Mum and daughter were reunited in Sutton after an ambulance crew transported Kendal to King’s Mill orthopaedic unit, where she is continuing her treatment.
The family said they had initially been told health chiefs had refused to pay for her transport back.
However, after Christopher Muldoon, Chelsea’s father, contacted the Chad and King’s Mill’s patient experience team, the hospital organised the ambulance to bring Kendal closer to home.