Woman flown to Leeds hospital after falling 30ft from railway bridge speaks about 'psychotic episode'

A woman who fell 30ft from a railway bridge in Yorkshire has opened up about the 'psychotic episode' in a bid to help others get the support they need.

Wednesday, 4th September 2019, 3:57 pm
Elizabeth, who threw herself from a railway bridge in a psychotic episode, has opened up about her experience in a bid to help others with their mental health. Photo: Yorkshire Ambulance Service

Elizabeth Campbell attempted to take her own life by jumping from a railway bridge on Bogs Lane, Harrogate.

Elizabeth was under the care of her local Psychiatric department at the time, but on the day of her incident, she was deemed fit enough to go home.

That day she had met up with one of the support workers for a quiet chat about her mental health, when she had a psychotic episode and began running towards the bridge.

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Bogs Lane in Harrogate where the incident happened

A serious of unfortunate events unfolded and Elizabeth fell 30ft to the ground off the bridge.

Given the serious nature of the incident, the Yorkshire Air Ambulance were immediately dispatched to her aid.

When asked about what she remembers from the day, Elizabeth said: “I can vaguely remember an orange figure with short blonde hair but I can’t remember much after that.”

Life changing injuries

Elizabeth was flown directly to Leeds General Infirmary, where it was revealed that she had suffered from severe spinal injuries including permanent nerve damage, which has subsequently impacted her bladder and bowel functions.

Elizabeth spent six months in hospital and underwent four spinal surgeries. She has since been fitted with a colostomy bag due to the damage to her bowel.

Despite her injuries, Elizabeth has made a miraculous recovery both mentally and physically, and her mental health is now stable, since the incident on April 27 2017.

She now spends her time supporting and encouraging people to speak about their mental health in her local community.

She said: “Even if it is the slightest concern you have, please speak to someone whether it’s a family member, friend or professional. The sooner you can get help, the better. I don’t want anyone going through the life changing injuries that I have”, said Elizabeth.

Speaking about the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Elizabeth said: “The Yorkshire Air Ambulance is an amazing charity and I wouldn’t be walking if it wasn’t for them. They are always in my heart”, said Elizabeth.

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