A grandmother who was pinned under her car for three days in NSW tried to amputate her own leg but could not cut through the bone, according to reports.
Deborah McKnight, 45, said she swerved to miss a kangaroo and lost control of her car on Wondolga Rd in Tumut about 3pm on Christmas Day.
Her car rolled 30m from the road and 15m down a cliff, crushing her leg between the roof and the ground.
Her daughter Ebony told the Daily Telegraph she “she tried to cut her leg off but she couldn’t get through the bone”.
“I felt sick when she told me that,” Ebony said.
“She doesn’t know how she survived, she said she thought of her grandkids and kids. She is very tough.
“She is a fighter. I love her. She did me proud.”
The flesh around her leg wounds reportedly began decomposing during the ordeal, attracting maggots.
Paramedics said the maggots may have saved her life by inadvertently cleaning the wound of infection.
Ebony and others frantically tried to call Ms McKnight while she lay trapped but it is believed her phone battery had died.
Ebony wrote an SMS at 9.25am on Boxing Day saying: “Where are you? I’m really worried. Please ring me as soon as you read this. Love you. XOXOXOX.”
Two hours later she wrote again: “Mum I’m getting really worried. Please ring me.”
Luckily, local youth Caleb Wilks was walking through the remote area to feed a dog at a nearby property.
He heard Ms McKnight’s screams for help on Wednesday night and comforted her before paramedics arrived. “He’s called triple zero. He’s indicated to the woman that help was coming, and he’s stayed up on the road so that we could see him,” Sergeant Brian Hammond said.
“Otherwise we wouldn’t have found the car.
“He’s been very mature. His parents are very proud of him, and she’s been very lucky that he walked by.”
Ms McKnight was flown to Canberra Hospital where her leg was amputated.
She is listed in a stable condition and her family is by her side.