Student, 21, tells of horror crash in Italy where new laws have come in to ...

Student, 21, tells of horror crash in Italy where new laws have come in to ...
Student, 21, tells of horror crash in Italy where new laws have come in to ...

A student has told of a horror e-moped crash in Italy where she nearly lost her leg in a bid to warn others of the dangers. 

Eleanor Young, 21, from Nettleham, near Lincoln, broke her right leg in two places and severed an artery when her e-moped was in a collision with a Smart Car.  

Miss Young was on holiday in Rome when the crash happened in August 2020 and was taken to hospital where she spent five days in intensive care. 

The modern languages student at Newcastle University, who also suffered dental fractures, was then transferred to an orthopaedic ward.

Eleanor Young, 21, (pictured), from Nettleham, near Lincoln, broke her right leg in two places and severed an artery when her e-moped was in a collision with a Smart Car while she was on holiday in Rome

Eleanor Young, 21, (pictured), from Nettleham, near Lincoln, broke her right leg in two places and severed an artery when her e-moped was in a collision with a Smart Car while she was on holiday in Rome 

Miss Young said: 'Thankfully I can't remember too much of the accident but I remember a few minutes later being on the ground and trying to get up. A passer-by told me not to and I immediately knew something was seriously wrong with my leg.

'I was in that much shock that I couldn't really feel much pain. I remember going to hospital and having an MRI scan but the next thing I remember was waking up in hospital the next day with rods in my legs and being told that they nearly had to amputate my leg.

'Part of the bone in my leg had been shattered. I had an open compound fracture of my right tibia and severed an artery in my leg. I had two emergency surgeries abroad, one to save my leg and a second to put rods in to fix the bone together.'

Miss Young has had to have five more operations since coming home to the UK.

Operations have included removing and replacing metal rods, fixing a metal cage on it and re-positioning the bone so it will fuse properly. 

Miss Young has had to have eight operations on her leg (pictured) including removing and replacing metal rods, fixing a metal cage on it and re-positioning the bone so it will fuse properly

Miss Young has had to have eight operations on her leg (pictured) including removing and replacing metal rods, fixing a metal cage on it and re-positioning the bone so it will fuse properly 

Miss Young said: 'Following the incident I've had to have a number of surgeries to fix my leg as it was deformed and I had non-union of the bone. It will never be the same again.

'My life went from an ordinary one for someone my age to one that seemed to be medical appointment after medical appointment and further operations.'

The injuries she sustained meant she had to give up university for a year and move home for her parents to look after her.  

The 21-year-old said: 'The collision has affected my life in so many ways. 

'I was unable to properly get out of the house for months and I felt very alone. 

'Since August 2020 I've had eight surgeries on my leg and a surgical procedure in my mouth due to severe damage to my teeth.

'A lot of people, particularly younger people think e-scooters and e-mopeds are fun.

'However, like any vehicles they can lead to serious injuries.'

The 21-year-old and her legal team Irwin Mitchell are urging people to be careful on e-scooters and e-mopeds (stock image)

The 21-year-old and her legal team Irwin Mitchell are urging people to be careful on e-scooters and e-mopeds (stock image)

At the time of Miss Young's crash in 2020, Italy was experiencing an influx in e-scooter and e-moped users, after people sought alternatives to crowded public transport due to the coronavirus.

Unfortunately, many injuries and accidents were reported across the country which were linked to e-scooter and e-moped use which included the death of a 13-year-old boy in Sesto San Giovanni, Northern Italy. 

A 13-year-old boy died in an e-scooter crash in Sesto San Giovanni, Northern Italy. 

The Italian highway code was updated on November 10 to increase e-scooter and e-moped safety in a bid to prevent further accidents

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