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SHIRLEY KEMP- news article, accident.

Old lady trapped under mower for 22 hours

December 9 2002

An 82-year-old woman endured a horrifying 22 hours trapped under a ride-on lawn mower after it rolled on her at a property east of Melbourne.

Shirley Kemp was found pinned under the mower with a crushed leg at her property at Launching Place shortly after noon today.

A medical monitoring company contacted a neighbour after Ms Kemp failed to respond to their regular call.

Paramedics believed Ms Kemp, who often used the mower to move around the property, rolled down an embankment yesterday afternoon.

She was airlifted to Melbourne’s Alfred hospital in a serious but stable condition.

With temperatures dropping to 10 degrees Celsius overnight, Ms Kemp was also treated for hypothermia.

Michael Moore from the Metropolitan Ambulance Service said the woman was in a fragile state when paramedics arrived.

“She was alert when we first got to her, she was able to verbalise with us,” he told ABC radio.

“But she was very, very cold and had severe pain where the lawnmower had been lying on her leg for the last 22 hours.”

Neighbours described the elderly woman as very independent despite her age.

“She doesn’t like receiving much help, does everything herself,” neighbour Cassie Eastham told Channel Ten.

“She can’t just sit inside and do nothing, she’s got to be doing something, always in the garden.”


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