Mother, 40, broke her back after falling down the stairs while SLEEPWALKING

January 27, 2014 | by | 0 Comments

A mum-of-one literally had a nightmare when she broke eight bones in her body, including her spine, after she fell down stairs – while SLEEPWALKING.

Morag Fisher was found in a pool of blood with life threatening injuries after she tumbled down a steep flight of stairs while staying at her friend’s home.

Incredibly, she remained asleep throughout and only came round when paramedics woke her up in the ambulance as she was rushed to hospital.

Morag Fisher sits on the stairs she fell down and broke her back while sleepwalking

Morag Fisher sits on the stairs she fell down and broke her back while sleepwalking

The 40-year-old broke her back, neck and both her wrists as well as her jaw, nose, eye socket and cheek bones after the horror fall.

But remarkably, she only spent TEN days in the major trauma unit at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham and hopes to be back at work within two months.

Yesterday (Mon), Morag revealed she had now installed baby gates at her home in Witham-St-Hugh’s, Lincs., to stop it happening again.

The customer services assistant said: “When they found me I was bleeding a lot and my friend who used to be a nurse thought I was dead.

“The ambulance got to me and took me to the major trauma unit and later that afternoon the doctors said that they did not know how I wasn’t in intensive care.

 

Morag in hospital with her injuries

Morag in hospital with her injuries

 

“It was a week before I looked at myself in the mirror because my face was such a mess, I just couldn’t bring myself to it.

“Now, when I do look at myself I feel lucky to be alive and even luckier to be walking. It’s a miracle I didn’t die.

“I have sleepwalked before but usually I just wander around and then go back to bed, but because I was at a friend’s house it was unfamiliar and I fell.”

Morag was staying at her friend Carl Muggleton’s house in Long Eaton, Notts., when he heard an loud bang at 5am on November 23 last year.

The 39-year-old said: “I woke up to an almighty crash and jumped out of bed and saw her lying at the bottom of the stairs in a pool of blood.

“I knew that she did sleep walk but never expected anything like this.

“I tried to stem the bleeding until the ambulance arrived and it wasn’t until it came that I noticed one of her wrists had spun all the way around.

“I have a very sharp set of stairs and there is not a lot of room at the bottom so she is lucky to be with us today.”

Morag, who lives with her six-year-old daughter Olivia in Lincolnshire, has been sleepwalking all her life and said the bouts usually happen when she is stressed.

She added: “My daughter has been a superstar throughout all of this and if anything she is mothering me.

“I am still wearing a brace for my back and she helps me with it. She even said that I look like a mummy again and not a zombie.

“I have now put stair gates in to keep my house safe.”

Major trauma case manager Rohan Revell, from the Queen’s Medical Centre, said: “We can only assume that she went head-over-heels instead of down on her bum and a lot of fatalities happen this way.

“When she came in she looked like she had gone ten rounds with someone.

“We gave her an epidural to address her pain and the spinal injury she had. She still has to wear a back brace like a corset to protect the spine while it heals.

“She was an absolutely lovely patient and the most rewarding thing for us is that she has been back to visit us all.”

Last year scientific studies revealed around 10 million people in Britain suffer from sleepwalking.

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