Hero nurse loses leg after throwing her five-month-old baby to safety

Hero nurse loses leg in car crash on zebra crossing after throwing her five-month-old baby out of the path of Mercedes before it ploughed into her

  • Ruby Flanagan, 24, was carrying her five-month-old son over a zebra crossing
  • She was walking towards an Aldi when she spotted an approaching Mercedes
  • Mother thew her baby out of harm’s way and was airlifted to Aintree Hospital
  • Doctors amputated her right leg and the other leg was put into a stabilising cage
  • Merseyside Police said the driver of Mercedes is assisting police with enquiries 

A brave mother who threw her baby out of the path of an oncoming car moments before it ploughed into her was left with life changing injuries that forced doctors to amputate her leg.  

Ruby Flanagan, 24, from Wallasey, Merseyside, was carrying her five-month-old son Leon over a zebra crossing towards an Aldi store when she spotted the approaching Mercedes and threw her baby out of harm’s way at around 2.20pm on August 16. 

The nurse, who was crushed between the Mercedes and a Volkswagen, was airlifted to Aintree University Hospital after the crash and had to have her right leg amputated and the other leg put into a stabilising cage.  

Sister-in-law Chelsea Clarke said Ms Flanagan was ‘traumatised’ when she woke up and found her right leg had been amputated.

She added there are now fears that she could still lose her other leg due to multiple fractures. 

Ruby Flanagan (pictured with her partner Leon and their baby who is also called Leon), 24, from Wallasey, Merseyside, was carrying her five-month-old son when she spotted the approaching Mercedes and threw her baby out of harm’s way

Ms Clarke told the Liverpool Echo: ‘The way she threw baby Leon out the way of danger was amazing and heroic.

‘It just shows the type of person she is, always putting other people before herself.’

She added: ‘It’s so sad because she was so excited to go to Aldi and get avocados, broccoli and all the foods to blend together and wean baby Leon.

‘She went there so excited and was involved in such a traumatic and tragic accident.’ 

Immediately after the incident, workers from shops in the retail park leapt to Ms Flanagan’s aid before the emergency services arrived.

One staff member wrapped her legs up and ripped open bedding quilts to make her feel more comfortable while police officers ran to get baby Leon blankets and dummies.  

Ms Clarke said her sister-in-law will now have to undergo a long rehabilitation process with more surgeries.

She said: ‘She was worrying about how she would be able to pay the mortgage, bills and look after her baby.

‘She was due to go back to work next month after being on maternity and unfortunately the injury will mean she won’t be able to return to work.

‘Her partner Leon Clarke will also be unable to work as he will need to care for their little boy while she stays In hospital and even when she’s home recovering.

‘It’s going to be a long rehabilitation process with more surgeries, physio and prosthetics.’

Merseyside Police said the driver of the silver Mercedes stopped at the scene and is assisting police with enquiries.

Ms Flanagan (pictured with her partner and their baby Leon) had to have her right leg amputated after the crash

Sister-in-law Chelsea Clarke (pictured) and her sister Carly, 27, decided to set up a GoFundMe page for Ms Flanagan

In a statement they said: ‘At around 2.20pm on August 16, we received a report of a road traffic collision in Bidston Moss Retail Park.

‘It was reported that a pedestrian was hit by a car, a silver Mercedes, which also collided with the car in front, a blue Volkswagen.

‘Emergency services attended and the pedestrian, a woman in her 20s, was taken to hospital for life-changing injuries. She remains in hospital in a condition described as critical but stable.

‘The pedestrian was reported to be carrying her infant child at the time of the incident. The child did not suffer any injuries.

‘The driver of the silver Mercedes stopped at the scene and is assisting police with enquiries. CCTV and witness enquiries into the incident are ongoing.’

Roads Policing Sergeant Amy Murray said: ‘We’re asking anyone who was in Bidston Moss Retail Park who may have witnessed the collision yesterday evening to contact us.

‘If you captured mobile phone or dashcam footage of the incident then please get in touch as any information you have could prove vital to our investigation.

‘Whether you choose to get information to us directly or anonymously, through Crimestoppers, any information you provide will be acted upon.’ 

The mother was  airlifted to Aintree University Hospital after the crash on August 16

Ms Clarke and her sister Carly, 27, decided to set up a GoFundMe page for the family as the specialist medical care Ms Flanagan will need could incur high private medical bills, multiple therapies and prosthetics.

She continued: ‘Ruby’s home also needs adjustments made to ensure she has the best possible recovery and the smoothest transition back home when she can eventually return.

‘I know money doesn’t solve everything, but in this situation it really will as it will give the family the best possible chance.

‘Ruby adores her partner and baby and is the kindest person you would ever meet, she would do anything for anyone.

‘We’re heartbroken after the crash and just want to put her at ease.’ 

To donate to the GoFundMe page, click here. 

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