A MUM has spoken for the first time of the trauma of seeing her young daughter come out of 13 hours of emergency surgery to save her life after she was hit by a train.
Samantha Roberts, from Scawthorpe, Doncaster, has also released pictures of three-year-old Scarlett Straw on the long road to recovery after the horrific incident during the summer.
Scarlett was severely injured in an impact with an express train near Adwick station four months ago. Her father, Richard Straw, who was holding his daughter in his arms, was killed in the same incident.
Samantha Roberts says she was “completely overwhelmed” by the trauma and the aftermath but wants to pay tribute to The Sick Children’s Trust, which provided her with somewhere to stay close to her daughter’s bedside at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
“After 13 hours of surgery Scarlett was moved to the intensive care unit to recover from the trauma.
“I felt completely overwhelmed, exhausted and terrified about the fragile state of my daughter. On top of this I also had to worry about where I was going to stay so that I could be close by to Scarlett.
“Fortunately the nurses at the hospital told me about Treetop House which provides free accommodation nearby, provided by the Trust.
“It felt as if a weight had been lifted from my shoulders knowing that I could stay so close to Scarlett and have access to a warm, comfortable ‘home from home’ environment,” said Sam.
“Treetop House had everything I needed from a well equipped kitchen to quiet areas when I could go to have some time to myself when things got too difficult to bear in the intensive care unit.
“When Scarlett’s injuries began to improve I was able to take her up to my room. I know it was a comfort to her to know that I was never far away.
“The staff were all incredibly supportive and even played with Scarlett when she came to visit which she clearly enjoyed.
“Another wonderful aspect of the house was the direct phone line between my room and Scarlett’s ward; it was reassuring to know that night or day I could be at her side in an instant.
“I met a number of other families who were staying at Treetop House and although we all were going through very troubling times, we were united0 by our shared situation and formed very close bonds.
“I am so grateful to The Sick Children’s Trust and only hope that more families can benefit from the wonderful service they provide.”
Scarlett has started to walk unaided with a walking frame but faces many more operations in future, says her mother.
The inquest into Mr Straw’s death has yet to be concluded.