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Family's vigil for lorry crash girl, 4
9:30am Thursday 31st October 2013 in News
THE grandmother of a four-year-old girl who was hit by a lorry told how her family had been left devastated by the crash.
Wiesia Turkowska said little Maria’s parents were keeping an around-the-clock vigil at her bedside in a specialised London Hospital.
She revealed how both of Maria’s legs were badly broken in the crash near the fire station in Waterhouse Lane, Chelmsford.
Mrs Turkowska, who lives in Springfield, said: “Her mother and father, Katarzyla and Jaroslav, have been at Maria’s bedside all the time.
“Maria is in a lot of pain and being given a lot of painkillers. Doctors have told us she will need many, many operations including plastic surgery.
“As long as it saves her legs it is good for us and it gives us hope, but we still have to wait.”
Following the crash at about 3.30pm on Monday, October 21, Maria was flown by Air Ambulance to the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel for specialist treatment.
Doctors have so far performed four operations on her - and told her family more treatment is required including plastic surgery.
On Saturday Mrs Turkowska set up a cake stall in the High Chelmer Shopping Centre to help raise money to support Maria who lives with her mum and dad in Upper Bridge Road, Chelmsford.
Her grandmother, was present at the stall and said the amount of well wishers who have spoken to the family is a blessing.
She added: “It is nice to see so many people showing support and compassion. People have really shown compassion to our family and that is a nice feeling.”
A police spokesman said: “Investigations into the crash are continuing.”
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