WHITTLESEY: Family traumatised after car ploughs into their home
A TRAUMATISED family is battling to come to terms with the loss of their home, after a car ploughed into the property and partially demolished the front wall. Mum Yvonne Rowlands says her stress levels have gone through the roof – and five-year-old daught
A TRAUMATISED family is battling to come to terms with the loss of their home, after a car ploughed into the property and partially demolished the front wall.
Mum Yvonne Rowlands says her stress levels have gone through the roof - and five-year-old daughter Kira - a "special" child with health problems -- is struggling to cope.
Just 10 minutes before the car hit the house at Delph in Whittlesey, Yvonne, Kira and Yvonne's 74-year-old mother June Upton were in the front room hit by the car, but had left to deliver a birthday card.
"If my daughter had been in there, the shock could have killed her," said Yvonne, "the furniture was pushed across the room, she could have been trapped."
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Kira suffers from Raynaud's disease and osteoarthritis, and although very poorly, she battles on to lead a normal life, attending Alderman Jacobs School in Whittlesey. She constantly wears gloves to keep her hands warm, and is under the care of Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.
"She is our princess," said Yvonne, who works as a carer for the elderly. "The accident has really scared her; she won't leave me, and is upset that her dog Sammy has had to go into kennels. It breaks my heart"
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The Rowlands family, Yvonne, George, Kira and 21-year-old Arron, are living temporarily in a flat, and expect repairs to their home to take around three months.
In the meantime, Yvonne is returning to the damaged property to do her washing and keep an eye on things.
When the car's engine compartment smashed into the house and stopped at the bottom of the stairs, a settee and chair were thrown across the room and a television and ornaments were damaged.
Kira's father, George, was upstairs asleep, after working through the night.
"He was worried about us, he didn't realise we had gone out," said Yvonne. "About five years ago our previous home, Cosy Cottage in East Delph was also hit by a car, but not so much damage was caused that time.
"I just want to go home. This has been really bad for all of us, but our main concern is Kira.