By Andrew Bettridge: A teenage footballer who was flown to hospital by air ambulance after being injured has been overwhelmed by the support she has received.
Katy Barlow, 14 and from Rugeley, suffered a suspected torn ligament in her hip and major bruising in the thigh and back while playing for Burton Albion Ladies at Shobnall Fields in Burton.
The 14-year-old was flown to the Royal Derby Hospital..
Katy told StaffsLive: “It happened when I went in a for a tackle. At first it hurt a lot and I couldn’t move.
“I had to go in the helicopter on my own and it was pretty scary.”
After being discharged from hospital, the Burton Albion youngster said she went through a phase of feeling “helpless”.
“I was getting very frustrated at the fact I couldn’t do anything individually.
“However my boyfriend has been a massive help with getting me around and he checked on me everyday to make sure I had everything I needed.”
Because of her injuries Katy had to do her school work in a separate building where she was more comfortable and was able to concentrate better.
Katy added: ”I appreciate everything that everyone has done for me, it has helped incredibly.”
Despite her injuries, Katy said she was looking forward to getting on the football pitch again and thanked the Midlands Air Ambulance crew for their support.
The Midlands Air Ambulance needs £6million a year to operate and receives no government or lottery funding.
For more information visit www.midlandsairambulance.com.