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York climber recovers after fall in the Peak District
6:02pm Thursday 15th August 2013 in News
A CLIMBER from North Yorkshire is recovering in hospital after a fall from a crag in the Peak District.
The 45-year-old woman, a physiotherapist from York, suffered multiple fractures to both legs when she fell 15ft on to a ledge about 50ft above the ground at Millstone Edge, near Hathersage.
The Edale Mountain Rescue Team was quickly on the scene and a doctor was lowered on to the ledge while other team members set up a rope system to recover the climber.
“She was treated on the ledge for serious multiple fractures to both legs as well as potential pelvic and spinal injuries, while a stretcher was manoeuvred carefully into position,” said a team spokesman.
“She was sedated in order to allow her legs to be splinted before being loaded on to the stretcher and lowered to the ground.
“She was then carried to the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance and flown to the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield.”
He said doctors later discovered she had not suffered serious pelvic or spinal injuries in the accident last Saturday but her legs were both fractured, with one especially badly injured.
He said surgeons had pinned and plated her legs and she was now recovering in hospital.
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