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Woman who lost leg pleads for driver to come forward

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Media captionKeely Adams saw the lorry heading toward her and tripped as she tried to get out of its path

A woman who had to have her leg amputated after being run over by a lorry has pleaded for the driver to hand themselves into police.

Keely Adams had gone to help a couple trapped in an upturned car when she was struck near Leighton Buzzard rugby club just after midnight on 23 November.

She nearly died due to an infection and had several operations to try to save her leg during 11 weeks in hospital.

Ms Adams, who lives in the Bedfordshire town, said her life had been "ruined".

The driver of the 18-tonne Scania truck failed to stop after hitting her on the side of Stanbridge Road as she fled to the verge to try to escape the oncoming vehicle.

Image caption Keely Adams has just been discharged from hospital

Ms Adams, 47, had been in a taxi with her partner when they stopped to help at the scene of an accident.

"He obviously knows what he's done now - at the time he might not have even realised that he'd hit me," she said.

"But he really needs to come forward and take responsibility for what he's done.

"I don't know how he lives with himself because I know if it was me I wouldn't be able to do that."

She was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridgeshire and then transferred to Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire due to the severity of her injuries.

Her mother and partner were told she could die as she spent four weeks battling against a serious infection.

Doctors then decided they would have to remove her leg.

Ms Adams is now using a wheelchair but hopes to learn to walk again with a prosthetic limb once her amputation wound has healed.

"It's ruined my life," she said.

"I don't have the words to explain how I feel.

"Everybody might think that I look all right but unless you've experienced it you just don't know how you're going to feel.

"I can't walk up the stairs anymore, I can't leave my house unassisted, it's always got to be with somebody."

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