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An 'amazing and heroic' young mother had the presence of mind to throw her baby to safety before she was crushed between two cars on a zebra crossing, losing her leg in the process.
The tragic incident happened at Bidston Moss Retail Park in Wallasey, Merseyside, where 24-year-old first time mother Ruby Flanagan had been with her gran, about to buy the necessary foods to wean five-month-old Leon off formula.
On Monday, Ruby was carrying the child over a zebra crossing towards Aldi when she was crushed between a silver Mercedes and a blue Volkswagen, the Liverpool Echo reports.
When she noticed what was about to happen, Ruby, who works as a nurse at Arrowe Park Hospital, had the presence of mind to throw Leon out of harm's way, according to her sister-in-law Chelsea Clarke.
Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, she said Ruby had gone to the shops excited to start her child's next chapter, adding: "She went there so excited and was involved in such a traumatic and tragic accident."
Chelsea added: "The way she threw baby Leon out the way of danger was amazing and heroic.
"It just shows the type of person she is, always putting other people before herself."
Immediately after the incident, workers from shops in the retail park leapt to Ruby's aid before the emergency services arrived.
One staff member wrapped her legs up and ripped open bedding quilts to make her feel more comfortable while police officers ran to get baby Leon blankets and dummies.
Ruby was airlifted to Aintree Hospital after the crash and had to have her right leg amputated and the another put into a stabilising cage.
Her sister-in-law said Ruby was 'traumatised' when she woke up.
She said: "She was worrying about how she would be able to pay the mortgage, bills and look after her baby.
"She was due to go back to work next month after being on maternity and unfortunately the injury will mean she won't be able to return to work.
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"Her partner Leon Clarke will also be unable to work as he will need to care for their little boy while she stays In hospital and even when she’s home recovering.
"It's going to be a long rehabilitation process with more surgeries, physio and prosthetics."
Chelsea and her sister Carly, 27, decided to set up a GoFundMe page for the family as the specialist medical care Ruby will need could incur high private medical bills, multiple therapies and prosthetics.
"I know money doesn't solve everything, but in this situation it really will as it will give the family the best possible chance.
"Ruby adores her partner and baby and is the kindest person you would ever meet, she would do anything for anyone.
"We're heartbroken after the crash and just want to put her at ease," Chelsea said.
Since the GoFundMe page went live, more than 1,000 people have donated a total of almost £25,000 to the family of three.
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