Cellist’s plea after almost losing arm in horror lorry crash

Laura Armstrong (Handout)

A musician fears her hopes of becoming a professional cellist[1] might be dashed after she almost lost an arm in a lorry collision near the Olympic Park[2].

Laura Armstrong, 25, nearly had to have her right arm amputated after being knocked off her bike.

Today she called for the rules of the road to be changed in the Government[3]’s review of the Highway Code[4] to give greater protection to cyclists[5].

Ms Armstrong had been cycling in an unsegregated cycle lane in Temple Mills Lane, Leyton, heading west to meet friends for lunch.

The collision occurred as she rode across the junction with Leyton Road.

The driver went over her arm.

She had surgery at the Royal London Hospital to restore the blood supply to her hand after the main artery was destroyed.

Two days later she had an 11-hour operation that included a nerve graft, two surgical plates to fix a fracture and skin grafts from her thighs.

She initially spent 12 days in hospital. Ms Armstrong had a third operation three weeks ago to remove one of the plates in a bid to increase the flexibility of her arm.

“The crash happened so quickly,” she said.

“The lorry turned directly across my path and I ended up underneath. I remember picking my arm up from the road and my fingers were white and wouldn’t move. The surgeons told me they were very close to amputating my arm but they were amazing and managed to save it. As a musician, what they did for me goes beyond words.”

Ms Armstrong was three weeks into a master’s degree at the Royal College of Music at the time of the crash, in October 2019.

She had toured Scandinavia and Singapore and had performed with Sir Mark Elder, of the Hallé Orchestra.

She has had to defer her place while she has treatment.

She said: “I have little feeling in my right hand and limited movement in my arm. My greatest challenge is not knowing what the future holds.”

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References

  1. ^ cellist (www.standard.co.uk)
  2. ^ Olympic Park (www.standard.co.uk)
  3. ^ Government (www.standard.co.uk)
  4. ^ Highway Code (www.standard.co.uk)
  5. ^ cyclists (www.standard.co.uk)
  6. ^ Londoners back on buses, trains as numbers rise faster than expected (www.standard.co.uk)
  7. ^ Don’t travel to London without match ticket, Scotland fans told (www.standard.co.uk)
  8. ^ London ULEZ expansion: Khan told drivers need help replacing vehicles (www.standard.co.uk)