The 35-year-old was rushed to Crosshouse Hospital in Kilmarnock, Scotland, after her partner Stuart managed to pull her out of the drain. The mum-of-five feared she would lose her unborn baby after she suffered bruised ribs and painful hematomas on her stomach.
Speaking to the Daily Record, she said: “No one wants to take accountability. I’ve been going backwards and forwards with Renfrewshire Council and other organizations for almost a year now. I’ve never had an apology. I am incredibly lucky that my baby and I wasn’t hurt even more. But this should never have happened in the first place.
“I’m being passed from different organizations with no one able to tell me who is responsible for the manhole. That’s what makes me really angry.”
Andrea had just put her twin girls, Khloe and Keeva, into partner Stuart’s car when the freak accident occurred on July 22 last year. She explained: “I was chatting away to the girls and the next thing I knew I was just hanging there. I’d obviously hit the drain with the back of my foot and the lid had spun around.
“My baby bump hit off the ladder runs inside the hole. Thankfully my partner managed to drag me out and drove me straight to the maternity unit at the hospital to get the baby checked over. When we got there, they said I also needed to go to A&E to get myself looking at too because I was in so much pain. Thankfully Rayne looked okay but I was to go straight back if I started bleeding or if I started having any shooting pains.
“Even if I had seen that specific manhole, there’s no way I’d have walked on top of it. The concrete around the manhole was all crumbling away so it clearly hadn’t been looked after for a while. I’m just glad that it was me who walked on the grass and not the twins because that doesn’t even bare thinking about.”
A Renfrewshire Council spokesperson said: “We’re sorry to hear of this incident. As soon as it was reported to us we secured the area and reported the defect to the relevant authorities who have carried out a repair and installed a new cover.”
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