Pride of Reading nomination for Kirsty MasonBy Mike Pyle
September 22, 2009
A brave musician who rebuilt her life after a shocking accident left her with one arm has been nominated for a Pride of Reading award by her town centre employer.
Bracknell teenager Kirsty Mason fainted and fell from Wokingham train station platform in November last year.
She landed on the tracks and 10 of an oncoming train’s wheels ran over her right arm.
They severed her arm just above her right wrist and doctors could not reattach her limb.
Kirsty said: “I’d kind of prepared myself for it already because I knew from the pain that it wasn’t good.
“I still broke down in tears because I thought they could save it.”
Since the accident Kirsty, a keen guitarist, has been adjusting to her new life.
An important part of that has been starting back at her old job in Debenhams in The Oracle, prompting store manager Chris Harper to nominate her in the Employee of the Year category.
Kirsty, who is hoping to get a special prosthetic arm to help her carry on playing guitar, said: “People say I’m brave but I’m not sure – I just get on with it.
“They said it would be hard, and it is. I’m not saying it’s easy, but you’ve got to pick yourself up and move on from what’s happened.
“My friends and family have been really supportive. My step-dad has been a rock for everyone and I’ve even found people who I had lost touch with and am back in touch with now.”
On being nominated Kirsty said: “Wow! Gosh, that’s amazing!
“I know we do an employee of the month here. I won it when I was first working here [before the accident], but for this to be done by Chris Harper is something else.
“Work’s going well. I’m still only doing one day a week and getting there can be tricky, but it’s still good.”