Life before the accident
I led an active life before that accident on October 3, 1990.
I enjoyed a good game of netball or basketball or any game for
that matter. I taught Spanish to students all over Kingston
travelling to their schools, homes or work places. I also
worked as a track coach as I am also a trained physical education
How the crash occurred
At the time of the accident I was heading to one of my students.
Within two minutes of leaving home at approximately 9:20 a.m.,
I was involved in an accident. I was a front seat passenger
with my seatbelt on traveling along Mandela Highway towards Three
Miles. As it was told to me a speeding car going in the opposite
direction crossed the island and slammed into the car in which
I was traveling. I didn’t see,
feel nor hear it happen. I was pinned down and persons who
tried to help release me made matters worse. I am grateful,
however, to the people of Riverton City who helped to remove me
from the scene of the accident. I was unconscious.
Injuries received and hospital experience
I awoke up in the Casualty Department of the University Hospital
of the West Indies at about 6:00 p.m. eight hours later. I
was in tremendous pain with blood all over and was unable to move
my entire right side. When the doctors looked at my x-rays,
I was told that my hip had been crushed.
I remained in that hospital for two weeks after which I had to
be transferred to a private hospital because there was no available
surgery time as many other accident victims were also waiting surgery.
The first surgery lasted over 10 hours. For the first three
months after I had to be on my back with that always leg outstretched. I
had to be lifted in and out of bed; even feeding myself became
a difficult task. I went back to work after six months, on
crutches, because I had exhausted all my leave. I remained
on crutches for three years while the doctors tried to mend the
hip with three other operations.
The pain was overwhelming. After three surgeries, in two
years, a replacement was done. That worked for about 10 years
and then it had to be revised, that is replacing the replacement,
because it had worn. I guess I was trying to continue with
my regular activities. To date I have done seven surgeries. Of
course this type of treatment is usually done in older persons
who would have had broken their hip or whose joint could have been
eroded due to arthritis or other diseases usually associated with
The doctors have done a great job and so I lead a pretty normal
life but I am restricted in the types of exercise I can do. For
example I was advised not to run, jog, dance for too long or do
any aerobic exercise as the replaced hip will wear
faster I cannot wear high heels. It’s become
extremely difficult to do a simple thing such as put on stockings
or polish my toenails. Though I not in any pain now I am
constantly reminded of the accident with a huge scar on my thigh,
which makes me stay away from the beach.
Because of this accident I have had to give up coaching, or playing
Care after the accident, both in and out of the hospital, was
very high and was in the region of about $1.5 million. This
was paid for by way of loans and gifts from my friends
Ms. Enthrose Campbell