Christmas tree fall hurts Wetheringsett church elder and leaves him with a fractured spine
PUBLISHED: 15:59 23 December 2014 | UPDATED: 15:59 23 December 2014
A church elder fractured his spine when a 20ft Christmas tree, which was being cut down, crashed into him.
Ken Goudy, 69, was out with his stepson and grandson in Old Newton, near Stowmarket, when the tree was being chainsawed.
For 10 years he has been involved in cutting a tree which is then taken to Wetheringsett’s All Saints Church for Christmas.
As church elder he was going to be leading the church’s Christmas Day service but is now likely to be spending most of the period at his Old Newton home.
The funeral consultant, who works at L Fulcher Funeral Services, said: “When they shouted ‘timber’ I did not move quick enough, it is a 20ft high Christmas tree and the branches got me and I went down and could not move.
“I just saw it coming down and did not move out of the way quick enough, I tangled myself up and lost my footing and went down.
“My family brought me home, I tried to go to bed but did not make it and called for the paramedic who came but we needed a specialist stretcher before I was taken to Ipswich Hospital.
“It caused amusement at the hospital as on my patient notes it said that I had had an accident with a Christmas tree.
“The nurses looked at that and said how on earth had I had an accident with an artificial tree, they did not realise it was a 20ft real tree.”
His wife, Barbara, said: “We were all a bit shocked that he had hurt his back, when he walked in we did not realise it was quite as serious as it turned out to be.
“If I’d have told him not to do it, it would not have made a lot of difference to him going out there.”