Woman who tripped over Chihuahua has life-threatening injuries

She’s ruining this great day.

Proud pet owner Abby Hay, 28, claims she sustained life-changing injuries after tripping over her Rue Chihuahua while climbing stairs in June 2020.

Her beloved dog played on the steps as she went up – she tried to step over the pooch in cheap flip flops but Hay lost her footing and fell down the 18 steps.

“I couldn’t believe that such a small animal could cause so much damage” Hay told SWNS. “I still can’t believe it happened.”

The Scot suffered a torn ligament and three fractures in her ankle – an injury she describes as “embarrassing”.

A Scottish woman suffered life-threatening injuries after tripping over her pet Chihuahua.
A Scottish woman suffered life-changing injuries after tripping over her Chihuahua.
Abby Hay / SWNS

photo of a dog.
She tripped over Rue walking up the stairs.
Abby Hay / SWNS

Hay says she still has trouble walking on her foot.
“I couldn’t believe that such a small animal could do so much damage,” Abby Hay told SWNS. “I still can’t believe it happened.”
Abby Hay / SWNS

Her ankle had fused and doctors predict she will develop arthritis within the next four years.

“Rue is very lucky that she’s very cute,” Hay admitted. “At first I didn’t even want to look at her, and then I realized it wasn’t her fault.”

The Edinburgh resident recalled not feeling any pain at first, but when she tried to stand up, her foot “collapsed” under her.

Her aunt called an ambulance and reported that Hay’s foot was “crooked.”

“When I told everyone in the hospital it had happened, they couldn’t believe that such a small dog had caused such a serious injury,” Hay said.

“Doctors said they had seen football or rugby players with similar injuries but had never seen dogs that small before.”

X-ray photo of a woman with a broken foot.
Hay stayed in the hospital for two weeks after the operation.
Abby Hay / SWNS

She underwent surgery to repair her foot, with doctors putting it back in place with two staples and four screws.

After two weeks in the hospital, she spent 12 weeks in a cast and four months in a hiking boot.

Unfortunately, this is an injury with long-term consequences.

“My ankle is paralyzed forever – it’s still bothering me and I have to let it freeze completely motionless,” Hay lamented.

“I can’t walk very well now, I have constant swelling — the doctors basically said it wasn’t going to go away, and I can’t wear high heels anymore.”

Photo of a woman wearing a yellow shirt.
Three years later, Hay is still feeling the effects of the injury.
Abby Hay / SWNS

Hay isn’t the first pet owner to be seriously injured when tripping over a dog.

In 2018, Bexx Hunt revealed that she was nearly paralyzed after tripping over her golden Labrador, Tequila, on her way to the bathroom in the middle of the night.

“It was just something you would never expect,” she told SWNS at the time. “I got up at night to go to the bathroom and next thing I was at the bottom of the stairs after ripping a huge chunk out of the wall.”

Caroline Bleakley

Caroline Bleakley is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Caroline Bleakley joined USTimeToday in 2022 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with Caroline Bleakley by emailing carolinebleakley@ustimetoday.com.

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