Girl breaks leg in huge pothole in east Hull street
A MOTHER has hit out at the state of the roads in Hull after her daughter broke her leg in a pothole.
Morgan Goodhand broke her left tibia on her 12th birthday after she twisted her foot in the 3in-deep pothole crossing the road yards from her home off Holderness Road, east Hull.
She has been told the injury, which will keep her off school for months, is likely to mean she will always walk with a limp.
Now, her mother Michelle has criticised the number of potholes in the city and urged the council to act fast before someone is killed.
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Michelle said: "Morgan was in agony. She was lying on that road screaming – it was that painful.
We've been told the break is bad and it looks as though she won't be able to return to school for months, possible not until September, and all because of a pothole.
"I am disgusted at the state of the roads in this city. Something needs to be done about it."
Morgan had been pushing her scooter, a Christmas present from her mother, yards from her family home in Severn Street when she fell into the pothole, estimated to be almost 1ft-wide.
Michelle, 38, was on the way to a Chinese takeaway with Morgan and her other daughter Lauren, 18, when the accident happened.
She said: "Lauren called her boyfriend who came and carried Morgan back to our home, where we called a taxi and took her straight to A&E."
Morgan, a Year 7 pupil at Archbishop Sentamu Academy, spent three nights in hospital, where she was kept under observation.
"Doctors have told us they thought her body twisted, while her foot remained in the pothole, which caused her tibia to break," said Michelle.
"We thought she would need an operation to put pins in her leg, but the doctors were able to manipulate the leg under anaesthetic."
Morgan's leg has been put in a plaster cast.
Michelle said: "She was sent home with a set of crutches, a commode and a walking frame.
"She can't manage the stairs at home, so she sleeps downstairs. I am sleeping next to her, so I can help her if she needs help or pain relief in the middle of the night. She is still in a lot of pain."
Michelle said Morgan is being visited three times a week by a home tutor in a bid to minimise disruption to her education.
"She gets two hours a week of tuition, three times a week," she said. "But she is away from her friends."
Michelle says she intends to make a formal complaint about the condition of the road surface in Severn Street and has already sought legal advice.
Andy Burton, Hull City Council's streetscene services manager, said: "It's unfortunate that the incident occurred. As the family have not yet approached us, we are unable to comment further."
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