Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

August 13, 2012

Elderly Va. woman trapped by mower digs self out


Associated Press

ABINGDON, Va. — An 81-year-old Abingdon woman is recovering after she dug herself out from under an overturned riding lawnmower.

Martha W. Mitchell tells the Bristol Herald-Courier that she was trapped for five hours before she freed herself. She broke her pelvis and two places in her hip. Her ankle was crushed.

Mitchell says her survival was a miracle from God.

Her lawnmower overturned July 28 after she steered it up a small slope.

Mitchell lives alone and no one heard her cries for help.

She says she used a metal bucket handle to dig a trench. She then pushed her pinned leg into the trench, freed herself and crawled to her house.

Two days later, she called an ambulance service to take her to the hospital when the pain became unbearable.