Man, 81, who lost leg after being hit by truck returns home
AN 81-YEAR-OLD man who had a leg amputated after he was hit by a truck has finally been allowed home.
Retired roadsweeper Leslie Flower had to have his right leg amputated after both his legs were crushed in the accident in September.
Last night, wife Sheila, also 81, was making final preparations to welcome him home after he spent nine weeks in hospital recovering from his injuries.
The couple's bungalow off Spring Bank has been decked out with balloons and banners to celebrate his return.
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Mrs Flower said: "When he was in surgery, we thought he might not come round.
"He was in intensive care on life support and they operated straightaway.
"But he's come out of it with flying colours."
On the night of his accident on September 4, Mr Flower was walking from his home to the chemist in Beverley Road.
He was walking across the entrance to the Asda store, close to Margaret Street, when he was hit by the truck.
He was rushed to Hull Royal Infirmary, where he underwent surgery and skin grafts on his legs.
Mr Flower spent most of his time recovering from surgery at Castle Hill Hospital, from which he was discharged yesterday.
"I went every night to visit him without fail," said Mrs Flower.
"It's changed our lives completely.
The couple's daughter Lesley, 53, is disabled and lived with them previously but Sheila was unable to juggle looking after her while travelling every night to visit her husband.
Lesley is now living in the Rose Villa nursing home in west Hull.
Although Mr Flower came home last night, things won't be back to normal straightaway.
He will still have to go to hospital for physiotherapy on his left leg and the damage caused will be life-changing.
Mrs Flower said she is unable to cope with caring for him alone, so carers will help out at their bungalow.
The pair have been married for 57 years and Mrs Flower is relieved her husband is on the road to recovery.
"I was just in shock when it happened," Mrs Flower said.
The truck was being driven by a 51-year-old man. He was not injured and has not been arrested in connection with the incident.
Mr Flower was home in time for his lunch and the couple's two other daughters, Sheena and Sandra, joined them for a family gathering.
Mrs Flower said her husband would settle back into their routine in no time.
"He'll be asking for fish and chips – that's his favourite," she said.