Man cheats death after falling off 30ft roof and breaking every bone in body
A dad-of-two has cheated death after falling from a roof
and breaking almost every bone in his body.
Retired roofer Ian Locke, 52, was helping out a friend last
year by fitting an antenna when he fell from the rooftop of
the house in Wythenshawe, Manchester.
He plummeted 30ft towards the ground, reports Manchester
As he smashed into the ground from the rooftop he broke
almost every bone in his body and was left temporarily
He said: “I tried flipping myself over but it happened that
fast. “The next minute I was in the back of his garden with my
arm snapped in two places.
“When I landed on the floor, I told my mate I couldn’t feel
my legs. I was that confused, I didn’t know where I was.
“I knew I had a problem because I couldn’t move.”
Ian’s friend rang emergency services for an ambulance but
was told one wouldn’t reach them for an hour and 40
While his friend was on the phone, Ian started bleeding from
the mouth. An air ambulance was immediately sent to the scene and Ian was airlifted to Manchester Royal Infirmary.
His family were told to prepare for the worst by surgeons as
he underwent several blood transfusions.
He was placed into an eight-week coma.
He continued: “The surgeon told my family I was going to
My daughter was in the room – she saved my life.
“The only reason she was in the room was because I was
dying. She gave me a kiss bye-bye and I said, ‘I’m not going
nowhere. I’m like a machine’.
“She told I wasn’t going to die. When I was in a coma, I had
some terrible dreams coming in and out of consciousness.
“I kept seeing things and the things I kept seeing played on
my mind. I was watching this big dream myself.
“My brain was totally frazzled from the cocktail of drugs I
was on. I didn’t know what day it was.”
Ian broke his hand, his back in four places and his arm in
two places with bone sticking out through his skin by his
shoulder and wrist.
He also shattered his pelvis in 30 places, broke his ribs and
pierced his transplanted lung.
Doctors have said Ian may be disabled for the rest of his life
but he has decided to “love every moment” of it.
He added: “I’ve defied the odds. I’m going to love every
moment when I get out.
“I’m not going to sit there sulking because I can’t go out or
stand up in my own living room. I’m going to cherish every
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