A YOUNG woman has been left bedridden and in agony after getting trapped underneath a fairground ride.
For most of her life, going to theme parks has been a thrill-seeking treat for 22-year-old Jade Hornsby (pictured), who has Down’s Syndrome.
But she was left confused and terrified after her leg became stuck beneath a boat carriage on a Viking-style water ride called Valhalla at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.
Jade’s family went up to the Lancashire resort earlier this month for a holiday, which was ruined by the incident.
Her brother Bradley Doyle, 19, was sitting with her on the ride as it came to an end. He said: ‘She started to get off the ride and put out her other leg. Her leg fell between the gap between the ride and the floor. The log ride kept on going.’
Jade’s mum Nadine Taylor, 44, was waiting at the gates and was horrified.
She said: ‘They started screaming for them to stop the ride. Jade’s leg was twisting as it was moving. Somebody who was on holiday was a paramedic and came over to check her.
‘It was probably about five minutes until first aid from the Pleasure Beach came. My daughter tried to get the leg free. She had to just rip it out otherwise she would have lost her leg.’
Jade was left with a deep puncture wound and heavy bruising.
Nadine, who used to live in Havant, said: ‘They came along with a wheelchair and the gentleman at the park just wheeled her to the car and said thank you. They did not say she needs treatment. It was just thank you and goodbye.
‘She was having a panic attack and was shaking. It was hard for her to understand what had happened.’
Since the incident, Jade has been a different person, her family say.
Nadine, of Petersfield, said: ‘The doctor at Queen Alexandra Hospital said that if Jade’s leg did not have a lot of flesh, it would have snapped. Her leg is awful. She hasn’t been out.
‘They have not apologised to me. Now she’s even frightened to go down to Hayling fair. If you knew her before this incident and could see her now, you would be heartbroken.’
A spokesman for Blackpool Pleasure Beach said: ‘We are aware of the incident on our Valhalla ride on September 2 where Jade slipped while getting out of one of the boats in the station. An investigation is ongoing, and we are in contact with Jade and her family to discuss the matter.’