A woman who could have died “at least 10 times” after she was run over by two Tube trains is “grateful to be alive” after surviving the traumatic ordeal. Sarah De Lagarde, 44, fell into the gap between the train and platform at High Barnet station as she returned from work on September 30. She lost an arm and a leg in the accident, but Ms De Lagarde has said she has a newfound appreciation for life.
Speaking to Good Morning Britain, she told how she was returning home one evening when she fell asleep on the train and missed her stop.
As she rushed to board the correct train, she slipped into the gap and was left “bloodied and mangled” after the vehicle pulled away.
Injured Ms De Lagarde was hit by another train while she lay on the tracks and waited 15 minutes for commuters to hear her calls.
Thoughts of her family kept her going, she said, before emergency crews rescued her from the scene.
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While she acknowledged the “terrible” experience, she said she ultimately felt “lucky”.
Ms De Lagarde said she was now “feeling fine” and “privileged and grateful” to still be alive.
She added that hospital staff told her she “could have died at least 10 times”, and felt “absolutely excited to be alive”.
Now her life has a sweeter tinge, and she was especially happy to have spent Christmas with her family.
Her husband, Jeremy De Lagarde, has raised more than £279,000 for a “bionic arm” prosthetic that moves on her brain impulses.
The amount means the mother has now far exceeded her initial goal of £250,000.
She has pledged to donate the remainder to those who have helped her recover in the months following the accident.
Posting on the GoFundMe account, she said she hoped to support staff at London Air Ambulance and Barts Charity, which supports The Royal London Hospital.