Shopper's fall spoils holiday trip

A DAGENHAM woman was forced to cancel a much needed holiday after she was badly injured in a fall. Jean Curry, 62, of Sterry Road, and her husband Gordon, 63, were both supposed to fly to Malaga for a well deserved break, when she fell after her sandal ca

A DAGENHAM woman was forced to cancel a much needed holiday after she was badly injured in a fall.

Jean Curry, 62, of Sterry Road, and her husband Gordon, 63, were both supposed to fly to Malaga for a well deserved break, when she fell after her sandal caught on raised stones in the new section of Heathway.

"It is just so upsetting," she said. "Gordon and I had really been looking forward to a nice break."

Jean was in the Heathway on April 18 when she says her sandal caught on the raised stones and she fell, hitting her face on the pavement.


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She was taken to Queen's hospital, Romford, by ambulance and sent home later that day.

"I suppose I'm lucky I wasn't knocked unconscious", said Jean. "I don't know why I didn't put my hands out to stop the fall. It all happened so quickly."

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Jean decided to cancel her holiday as she was still in a lot of pain and her face was badly swollen.

She said: "The swelling has gone down now but I'm black and blue instead.

"I couldn't go on holiday looking like this and I still felt groggy and shaken up by the fall."

The couple had booked a week at a luxury hotel and were due to fly out last Tuesday, April 21.

Jean said: "I had been picturing myself on that balcony, looking out over the ocean. The room even had a balcony with beautiful sea views.

"We have had a bit of a rough time recently. My sister was diagnosed with Meningitis after Christmas and I lost my brother suddenly a few weeks ago."

According to Jean several others have tripped on the new raised stones.

"I just want to make people aware of the danger so that no-one else ends up with a black and blue face like mine."

A council spokeswoman said: "We have great sympathy for Mrs Curry and wish her a speedy recovery.

"We regularly check the maintenance of the Heathway shopping area and take action to deal with defects when found. The paving type in question is used widely across the country, but we will situation under review.

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