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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A woman has declared her specially built wheelchair has saved her life on multiple occasions after fearing she was 'handed a death sentence' following a particularly bad fall. Philippa Sjoberg, 60, is disabled and says that the design of her wheelchair has enhanced her life. In 2015, Philippa was walking her dog in Cherry Hinton Hall Park when she reversed into a tree stump and was thrown out of her chair. She says she was "immediately terrified", explaining that "as a disabled person, my chances of surviving a broken hip are much lower." Hip fractures are most common in older people and can have serious consequences, particularly for people who are disabled. According to the NHS, surgery is normally the only treatment option for a hip fracture, and can have consequences including blood clots and pulmonary embolisms. These can be fatal. Read more: Warning after Wisbech woman becomes victim of £1,000 online scam Fellow dog-walkers called an ambulance for Philippa, who had to lie on the ground until paramedics arrived. They told her that they thought she would have sustained a broken hip, at the very least. "It felt like I’d been given a death sentence," Philippa says. "I held onto hope that they were wrong." Philippa waited 45 minutes for paramedics to arrive (Image: Philippa Sjoberg) After an X-ray, Philippa found out that she had not broken her hip in the fall but had sustained some severe and painful bruising. Philippa, who made a full recovery, believes that her custom-built wheelchair helped her to avoid a potentially life-threatening injury.
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. It managed to cushion my fall and I escaped what could have been extremely dire consequences." A fractured hip could be so severe for Philippa that she wears a "do not resuscitate" (DNR) bracelet in case it ever does happen. "Life wouldn't be worth living," she says. Not only has Philippa's wheelchair saved her from serious, potentially life-threatening injuries, it has also enhanced her life. When her daughter got married, Philippa took her down the aisle; she says: "I didn't feel like I was in a chair."
Philippa has been working with dogs for over 25 years
(Image: Philippa Sjoberg)
Philippa’s electric wheelchair was made specifically for her by DragonMobility, a not-for-profit organisation which builds bespoke wheelchairs to fit both users and their lifestyles. The Dragon wheelchair design includes a seat on the front that moves like a forklift so that the user can elevate themselves, while the machinery is at the back of the machine to allow for unobtrusive control. This design has also allowed Philippa more mobility in her work as a dog trainer, since she can lower herself all the way to the ground to work with puppies. "Dogs are my life", she says. "It’s hard to put a number to how many times my machine has saved me," Philippa says. "I can’t even count on my fingers how many times I’ve done something I shouldn’t have been able to do because of my disability. My Dragon gives me the freedom to make choices I otherwise wouldn’t have been able to make."
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