Double fracture at an ankle. Laceration of the tendon and cartilage of a knee. Second degree burn on one arm. Broken teeth. A young pregnant woman, Tania Pietropaolo, will have to travel a long way in the next few months after her car was stamped by a distracted driver driving on Route 112 in Saint-Césaire.
“An accident happens quickly and it can change a person’s life forever,” says the 18-week-old pregnant woman. If I had lost my baby, I do not know what I would have done, in addition to having lost the use of my legs for several months. And I do not know if it will come back to 100% for my legs. “
The collision, which nails her to a wheelchair for the next six to eight weeks, occurred in the heart of the municipality of Saint-Césaire, in an area of 50 km / h on Route 112, last Saturday at approximately 4 pm 10. The driver was heading for her residence at Saint-Paul-d’Abbotsford when the vehicle arriving in the opposite direction began to encroach on hers.
“I do not know what he was doing, but he was not sleeping because I saw his eyes. But they were low. Was he on the cell while driving ?, questions the young woman. He did not look at the road. ”
The car of the man has completely crossed the opposite way. “I honked, I braked, I still honked,” says the 27-year-old. He went to the shoulder and he realized he was not in the right place. I gave a thumbs up to avoid it, and he also gave a steering wheel to enter the track. It was there that he hit me frontally, but a little more on the passenger side. ”
The driver sustained significant injuries. Throughout the intervention of the rescuers, she never lost consciousness. Carried to Brome-Missisquoi-Perkins hospital in Cowansville, the mother-to-be was worried about her unborn child.
“My child is alive. Fortunately, because I do not think I would have come out the same way. The baby is fine, the heart beats very well. I had an ultrasound and we know the sex: it’s a little boy! She says, clinging to this good news to help her through this painful ordeal.
The injuries that were inflicted upon the impact are numerous and serious. She had to undergo a six-hour surgery – under epidural as she is pregnant – for a double fracture to her right ankle, a laceration of the tendon and cartilage to her left knee to “try to pick up all that with screws and plates, “she describes.
Her condition confines her to a wheelchair for six to eight weeks. It will then be in a rehabilitation period, a process that could last from four to five months. The young woman could be operated on again, but the intervention will have to be carried out in several months, after her delivery.
Still hospitalized, she will be housed at her sister-in-law whose house allows her to move in her wheelchair, which is not possible at home.
In addition to her lower body injuries, she has a second-degree burn on part of her right arm, caused by air bags, broken teeth, and a possible wrist fracture suspected by doctors. .
“I did not get out of this …,” she says, about her current physical condition. Pushing my baby with leg pain, it’s going to be a whole lot of sleeves! ”
The police of the Sûreté du Québec intervened at the scene of the accident Saturday. Their spokesman confirms that the man’s car ended up in the opposite direction, which caused the collision. The driver was rushed to hospital by ambulance to treat minor injuries.
It exposes itself to the emission of a contravention.
“The police do not have much against him. Right now, he has a pat on the fingers and that’s it. There is something that does not work. It grinds me a lot because it sure and certain he was distracted by something and it’s called a cell phone. It is certain and certain that he had his cell somewhere, “she says.
This information would have circulated, she says, but no witness has so far provided a statement to this effect to the police. Determined to know the truth, the young woman posted on the Spotted St-Césaire Facebook page a notice of search to find witnesses of the accident in which she was involved.
“Those who have seen something have to talk to the police,” implores Tania Pietropaolo, who should be discharged from the hospital in the next few days.