A nurse who needed metal plates in her spine after injuring her back at a trampoline park says she has been left in agony.
Liza Jones, 26, was using the ‘tower jump’ at Flip Out in Chester, but on landing in the foam pit below she suddenly felt searing pain.
She was rushed to hospital where medics diagnosed a back fracture and burst vertebrae and had to operate to repair the damage, inserting metal plates and screws.
Liza, who was visiting the attraction with boyfriend, Luke, said: “It was really scary, it was the most pain I’ve ever suffered in my life.
“When I got to hospital they did an X-ray and CT scan and I was not allowed to move then, they wanted to keep me flat on my back. They said I had an unstable fracture and one of my vertebrae had burst, which meant I had fragments of bone sticking out that could have paralysed me.
“I didn’t know how serious it was until then and I was very scared of the operation and of my future.
“I could tell Luke was scared as well, he didn’t know if I was going to end up in a wheelchair.”
Liza, a cardiac nurse at Wrexham Maelor Hospital, was taken by ambulance to the Countess of Chester Hospital following the accident on February 1.
Two days later she was transferred to Liverpool’s Walton Centre for surgery to insert two metal plates and six screws into her spine.
Thankfully, the operation was a success and after six nights in hospital, she was allowed to return home – but faces months off work to recover.
Liza, who lives in Wrexham, said: “The pain is worse at night and I can hardly move in the mornings. Some days I am really aching to the point where I want to watch tele, but I can’t sit in the chair to watch it, I just want to lie flat.
“I can’t lean forwards or bend to pick things up and I can’t lift things. It just feels like a massive ache sometimes and it’s difficult because I’m used to doing such an active job.”
Liza, who may need further surgery to remove the metalwork, is now taking legal action against the trampoline park.
Flip Out, which is reported to have voluntarily closed its tower jump, is also being investigated by Cheshire West and Chester Council amid safety concerns after stories of other injuries emerged.
Michael Hardacre, a public liability lawyer from Slater and Gordon, who is representing Liza, said: “Reports of accidents at Flip Out are extremely worrying and we will be thoroughly investigating Liza’s case. In the meantime, it is reassuring that the ‘tower jump’ has been closed.
“Liza says she followed the health and safety instructions on landing, but clearly this wasn’t enough to prevent a serious injury, which could have been much worse.”