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HealthMost Popular‘My Ankle Was At A Right Angle And I Just Started Screaming’ – Air Hostess Broke Ankle In SEVEN Places When Thomas Cook Plane Flew Into Huge Storm – Causing Severe Turbulence

‘My Ankle Was At A Right Angle And I Just Started Screaming’ – Air Hostess Broke Ankle In SEVEN Places When Thomas Cook Plane Flew Into Huge Storm – Causing Severe Turbulence

An air hostess broke her ankle and leg in SEVEN places after the plane flew through a huge storm and she experienced severe turbulence.

Eden Garrity, 27, was pushing a catering trolley on board a Thomas Cook flight from Cuba to Manchester when the plane met a mid-Atlantic storm.

The plane shot up 500ft, pinning Eden to the ground and snapping her ankle.

Her shocking injury left her lying on the floor of the plane for an hour while seats were cleared, and she was rushed to hospital as soon as they landed – seven hours later.

She’d broken her fibula in five places, her tibia once, fractured the side of her foot and cracked her ankle bone.

Devastated Eden needed surgery to insert screws and metal plates inside her leg, as well as a huge external metal brace, and couldn’t walk for two months.

Thomas Cook paid Eden in full whilst she was off for before going bust, and she’s still out of work while she recovers.

Eden, from Leigh, Greater Manchester, said: “It was absolutely terrifying. The plane shot up 500ft within seconds.

“The force of the turbulence pinned me to the ground and forced me towards the floor.

“My feet were locked to the ground and my ankle just completely snapped.

“I didn’t realise what had happened until I tried to take a step and I collapsed.

“My ankle was at a right angle and I just started screaming. The bottom of my foot was facing to the side.

“My body went into shock and I just started panicking.

“It was by far the worst turbulence I have ever experienced as a crew member or a passenger.”

Air hostess Eden Garrity, 27.

Eden, who was a Thomas Cook air hostess between April 2017 and the company’s collapse in September, said she “always dreamed” of a career in the sky.

She was injured on August 2 shortly after leaving Cuba, while she was pulling a catering cart and serving passengers.

The pilot asked crew members to be seated due to turbulence but before Eden could safely secure the cart and sit down, the plane flew straight into a violent storm, she said.

She said: “We hit a massive hail storm. The pilot said to me afterwards that it turned black all around him.

“It was by far the worst turbulence I have ever experienced as a crew member or a passenger.”

The AAIB accident report file explained how the aircraft experienced “unexpected severe turbulence” lasting 90 seconds.

It found the aircraft hit the storm just five seconds after the pilot made an announcement asking all crew members “to be seated”.

“The aircraft encountered severe turbulence resulting in a 500ft altitude gain autopilot disconnection,” it said.

“It was accompanied by the sound of hail striking the aircraft’s nose.

“It resulted in one cabin member receiving injuries to their left ankle.”

Injuries to Air hostess Eden Garrity, 27 after she broke her ankle and leg after turbulence on a plane.

Eden was thrown to the ground under the crushing force of the plane’s sudden rise in altitude.

An orthopaedic nurse on board the plane offered medical advice and support to the crew.

Eden spent an hour laying on the floor before enough seats could be cleared for her to lay on, she said.

She said midway through the flight the “excruciating” pain kicked in.

Eden said: “The pain started when my shoes were taken off and I was put in a splint.

“We had painkillers and the passengers were amazing to me. Lots of people passed pillows and coats back to make sure I’d be comfortable.”

An ambulance was waiting on the runway at Manchester Airport and Eden was taken to Wythenshawe Hospital for treatment.

Eden spent nine days in hospital before surgery to insert screws and metal plates inside her leg, as well as a huge external metal brace.

She had two operations before being allowed home in a cast on August 11.

Eden couldn’t walk on the injured leg at all until October, when the cast was replaced with a ‘moon boot’ and she was given crutches.

Eden may have to have a third operation next year to remove the metal screws in her leg because of the pain.

Thomas Cook paid Eden in full whilst she was off for before going bust.

But she is still out-of-work and faces the stress of looking for a new job whilst recovering from the injury.

A spokesperson for the Official Receiver in charge of Thomas Cook’s insolvency said: “Former employees who may have had insurance-related claims against Thomas Cook prior to liquidation will now be treated as unsecured creditors.

“To make a claim against the company in liquidation or against the insurance policy, former employees should contact the Special Managers.”

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