HOME SWEET HOME: Alstonville woman Betty Parrish (centre) with her daughters Janelle Whitehead and Lyndal Mortyn. Betty is now at home after spending six months in hospital after being hit by a car.
HOME SWEET HOME: Alstonville woman Betty Parrish (centre) with her daughters Janelle Whitehead and Lyndal Mortyn. Betty is now at home after spending six months in hospital after being hit by a car. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

A nightmare!

THE past six months have been a "living nightmare" for Betty Parrish.

In November last year the 85-year-old was looking at pink roses in the window of the florist at Alstonville Plaza when a car drove up on to the footpath, hit Mrs Parrish and dragged her through the shopfront.

Mrs Parrish was trapped underneath the car for an hour.

"I felt this awful, horrendous bump ... it is something I will never forget," she said.

"It was a terrible experience."

She was taken to Lismore Base Hospital before being taken to the Gold Coast Hospital in the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.

Both of Mrs Parrish's legs were badly broken and her pelvis had been crushed.

"I have a hazy memory of the doctor saying, 'Betty, we saved your left leg, but we amputated the right leg'," she said.

Since then Mrs Parrish has learnt to walk again with her prosthetic leg and, with the unwavering support of her daughters Janelle Whitehead and Lynda Mortyn, is well on the road to recovery.

"My family has got me through this," she said.

Last week she returned to her Alstonville home for the first time since the accident.

"It has been an amazing homecoming," she said.

"I am happy to be back home and around my family, my friends and my neighbours."


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