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‘Hero’ mum, 24, loses leg after throwing baby to safety in Aldi car park


Ruby Flanagan, 24, was carrying her five-month-old baby, Leon, over a zebra crossing towards Aldi in the Bidston Moss Retail Park. In a shocking turn of events, Ms Flanagan was hit by a silver Mercedes which also collided with a blue Volkswagen in front, leaving Ms Flanagan crushed between them.

Ms Flanagan, a nurse from Wallasey, had noticed what was about to happen and quickly threw her baby out of harm’s way before the crash. Thankfully, her quick actions meant Leon did not suffer any injuries.

Immediately after the collision, workers from shops in the retail park rushed outside to help before the emergency services arrived.

One staff member wrapped her legs up and ripped open bedding quilts to make her feel more comfortable before she was airlifted to Aintree Hospital.

Tragically, she had to have her right leg amputated and the other was put into a stabilising cage.

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Ms Clarke and her sister Carly have set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for private medical bills, multiple therapies and prosthetics needed for their sister-in-law’s recovery.

Ms Clarke continued: “Her 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.

“We are heartbroken after the crash and just want to put her at ease.”

Since the fundraiser went live, more than 1,900 people have donated over £42,000.

Additional reporting by Abigail Nicholson.

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