Mum broke her neck tripping over her dog and falling down the stairs

A mum was nearly paralysed after tripping over her golden Labrador and falling down the stairs.

Bexx Hunt, 28, broke one of the vertebrae in her neck in the freak accident after waking up during the night to use the toilet.

She said she is ‘incredibly lucky’ as, if she had broken a different vertebrae, she would have suffered permanent paralysis.

Bexx Hunt age 28 with her Golden Labrador Tequila age 5. See SWNS Cambridge copy SWCAfall:A mum was almost paralysed after tripping over her dog and falling down the stairs in a freak accident.Bexx Hunt (corr), 28, broke one of the vertebrae in her neck after tumbling over golden Labrador Tequila when she got up in the night to use the loo.She was told by doctors that if the break had been in a different bone, she would have been left paralysed.
Bexx Hunt tripped over her dog and fell down the stairs in a freak accident (Picture: James Linsell-Clark/ SWNS.com)

‘It was just something you would never expect. I got up in the night to go to the loo and the next thing I was at the bottom of the stairs having taken a huge chunk out of the wall,’ she said.

‘I had fallen over Tequila [the dog] who was sleeping at the top of the stairs – she had no idea what was going on.’

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Bexx, of Great Waldingfield, Suffolk, said she now must wear a halo neck brace screwed into her skull for the next three months to aid her recovery.

Her partner Neil Morby, 44, slept through the fall, despite her calling for help from the bottom of the stairs.

She somehow managed to get back up the stairs to bed, only realising the extent of her injuries the following morning.

The mum-of-one added: ‘I had no idea how badly I’d injured myself, it must have been the shock or the adrenaline that left me able to get back on my feet and back to bed.

Bexx Hunt age 28 with her Golden Labrador Tequila age 5. See SWNS Cambridge copy SWCAfall:A mum was almost paralysed after tripping over her dog and falling down the stairs in a freak accident.Bexx Hunt (corr), 28, broke one of the vertebrae in her neck after tumbling over golden Labrador Tequila when she got up in the night to use the loo.She was told by doctors that if the break had been in a different bone, she would have been left paralysed.
The mum broke one of the vertebrae in her neck after the tumble at her Suffolk home (Picture: James Linsell-Clark/ SWNS.com)
Dent in wall where Bexx Hunt hit her head after falling down the stairs at her home. See SWNS Cambridge copy SWCAfall:A mum was almost paralysed after tripping over her dog and falling down the stairs in a freak accident.Bexx Hunt (corr), 28, broke one of the vertebrae in her neck after tumbling over golden Labrador Tequila when she got up in the night to use the loo.She was told by doctors that if the break had been in a different bone, she would have been left paralysed.
The 28-year-old left a massive dent in wall whereshe hit her head (Picture: James Linsell-Clark/ SWNS.com)

‘It was only when I woke up that I felt my head stuck to the pillow. I tried to turn it to look at my partner but I just couldn’t move it.

‘It was like having a dead leg but it was my whole head.

‘I used my hands to move it to the side and heard a massive crunch, it was terrifying.’

Neil rang 999 and paramedics took his partner to hospital on September 30, the following morning.

Bexx, who works in sales, said: ‘I fractured by C2 vertebrae and apparently if it had been number 3, 4 or 5, I would have been paralysed.

‘It was very close.

‘I am incredibly lucky. The success rate of the halo is fantastic so I’m hoping that I shouldn’t need any further surgery or anything.’

Tequila the 5 year old golden Labrador at the top of the stairs where Bexx Hut fell. See SWNS Cambridge copy SWCAfall:A mum was almost paralysed after tripping over her dog and falling down the stairs in a freak accident.Bexx Hunt (corr), 28, broke one of the vertebrae in her neck after tumbling over golden Labrador Tequila when she got up in the night to use the loo.She was told by doctors that if the break had been in a different bone, she would have been left paralysed.
Tequila, the five-year-old golden Labrador, was sleeping at the top of the stairs (Picture: James Linsell-Clark/ SWNS.com)
Collect photos from the family - Bexx after her fall. A mum was left almost paralysed after tripping over her dog and falling down the stairs in a freak accident. See story SWCAfall.Bexx Hunt, 28, broke her neck after tumbling over golden Labrador Tequila when she got up to go to the loo in the night. She was lucky to survive the fall and was told by doctors that if the break had been in a different bone, she would have been left paralysed. Bexx must now wear a halo neck brace screwed into her skull for the next three months while her injuries heal. She said: "It was just something you would never expect. I got up in the night to go to the loo and the next thing I was at the bottom of the stairs having taken a huge chunk out of the wall. "I had fallen over the dog who was sleeping at the top of the stairs - she had no idea what was going on. "I had no idea how badly I'd injured myself, it must have been the shock or the adrenaline that left me able to get back on my feet and back to bed." Bexx's partner Neil Morby, 44, slept through the fall, despite her calling for help from the bottom of the stairs. She somehow managed to get back up the stairs to bed, only realising the extent of her injuries the following morning.
Bexx was told by doctors that if the break had been in a different bone, she would have been left paralysed (Picture: Bexx Hunt/SWNS.com)
Collect photos from the family - Bexx after her fall. A mum was left almost paralysed after tripping over her dog and falling down the stairs in a freak accident. See story SWCAfall.Bexx Hunt, 28, broke her neck after tumbling over golden Labrador Tequila when she got up to go to the loo in the night. She was lucky to survive the fall and was told by doctors that if the break had been in a different bone, she would have been left paralysed. Bexx must now wear a halo neck brace screwed into her skull for the next three months while her injuries heal. She said: "It was just something you would never expect. I got up in the night to go to the loo and the next thing I was at the bottom of the stairs having taken a huge chunk out of the wall. "I had fallen over the dog who was sleeping at the top of the stairs - she had no idea what was going on. "I had no idea how badly I'd injured myself, it must have been the shock or the adrenaline that left me able to get back on my feet and back to bed." Bexx's partner Neil Morby, 44, slept through the fall, despite her calling for help from the bottom of the stairs. She somehow managed to get back up the stairs to bed, only realising the extent of her injuries the following morning.
Bexx must now wear a halo neck brace screwed into her skull for the next three months (Picture: Bexx Hunt/SWNS.com)

She said she now faces a ‘long road to recovery’ building her muscles back up to strength, but said she places no blame on five-year-old Tequila.

‘I’m fairly sure she didn’t trip me up on purpose,’ Bexx said.

‘She doesn’t look like a killer – but she has looked a little sheepish since.

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‘To be honest, I think the wall ended up coming off worse than me, I left a huge dent in it.’

Now Bexx is fundraising for East of England Ambulance Service who helped her during her ordeal.

‘I just want to say thank you to everyone who helped me.’