EXETER – A month after Audra Willis, a popular waitress at the Middle of Nowhere Diner, on Nooseneck Hill Road, was run over by an errant driver while standing in line at the ice cream parlor next door, she is still unable to put any weight on her two broken legs.
Her right ankle was crushed and the left leg shattered by the force of the car plowing into Willis and carrying her through the shop on the front of the vehicle. An injury to her calf where the bone pushed through the soft tissue and outer skin is still not closed; multiple surgeries shortly after the accident were unsuccessful but, gradually, the deep wound is growing together naturally.
“It's still open,” she says, “but it's getting smaller.”
Willis was released from the hospital to a rehab facility but left there after two days because staying was pointless.
“I couldn't do anything; I can't bear any weight on either leg. I'm still in a wheelchair.”
Both legs are encased in heavy splints but she's been spared hard casts.
At home on Whitehead Road, in Coventry, Willis says her husband, Steve, is “waiting on me hand and foot. I have cried more tears of happiness and gratitude than pain. Throughout this, people have been amazing. The girls [other waitresses at the diner] have a tip jar on the counter and they bring me money people are donating. We all love each other in there.”
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