SCOTLAND – Edita Butkeviciut 30, suffered a smashed spine in three places, broken thigh and ankle, shattered collarbone and damaged liver after being floored by the burgundy leather settee.
Surgeons inserted metal plates and pins into Edita’s crushed back and legs during emergency operations as they battled to save her.
She faces at least another eight weeks in hospital — and up to another year to get back to anywhere near normal.
She said of her ordeal: “I’m broken in pieces. I can’t even give my boyfriend a hug any more.
“At first they thought I was going to be paralysed because I was so badly hurt.
“I’ve been told I will be able to walk again but my life has still been ruined and all for something so stupid. I’m going to be disabled.”
She said her boyfriend of 11 years, Daniel Ferreira, would probably have to be her carer.
The nail technician said: “We had so many plans and were looking forward to going on holiday but now we’re going to struggle to pay our bills.”
Edita was speaking to Daniel during her lunch break when she was struck by the falling couch allegedly chucked off a roof when it was being moved from a property above.She was knocked out, and lay under the three-seater for 40 minutes before a passerby heard her screaming.
Two men, aged 31 and 26, have since been charged over the incident.
I’m broken in pieces. I can’t even give my boyfriend a hug any more. Edita said: “When I came round after that there was an ambulance lady telling me that I was frozen and I had to keep wiggling my toes.”
The man who came to her aid, who has not been named, said: “I heard a wee lass screaming so called 999.
“I had to tell them three times that a sofa had fallen on top of her because they found it so hard to believe.
“People were bringing her blankets and we moved the bins from the rear yard so the ambulance could get in easily.”
Edita is now likely to spend Christmas in hospital.
The young woman is originally from Lithuania, from where her father will be travelling to see her in January.
She lives with Daniel, originally from Portugal, in the Woodside area of Aberdeen.
“It’s been a crazy few days,” he said.
“The doctors have been unbelievably good to her. They said Edita is lucky to be alive.
“I am so grateful for the support everyone has given us in the last few days.”
“I’ve barely been away from the hospital since it happened. She means the world to me.”
Nailco’s manager, Gemma Ritchie, said: “Edita is such a strong person.
“She’s mentally tough and has been saying ‘now I can get better’.
“She has managed to take a few steps since it happened.”
A Police Scotland spokesman said two men aged 31 and 26 had been charged after the incident.
They said: “The woman was taken to ARI by the Scottish Ambulance Service with serious injuries.
“A report has been submitted to the procurator.”
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