His hip and left foot may be broken, but Estrum Maynard’s spirit is still very much intact. And even though his wife was not involved in the accident which almost claimed Maynard’s life last week Wednesday, she too is counting her lucky stars.
Speaking to Barbados TODAY from his bed at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital today, the 73-year-old said while he was in great pain from the injuries he sustained, he was thankful to still have his life.
The resident of Ellerton, St George was sitting in his Nissan March on a section of the ABC highway, when a Ford Explorer driven by 40-year-old Kenny Marshall crashed into his vehicle.
Maynard had to be freed by firemen using the Jaws of Life.
Highway vendor Ian Webster was also injured in the accident.
“I could have been dead so I am very happy to be alive. My left foot is broken and I am in a lot of pain, but I am still grateful to be alive,” a relieved Maynard explained.
While he said he did not remember much after being hit, he recounted how he was just having a conversation with Webster when everything just went blank.
“I was sitting in my car talking to the vendor. He was telling me about how his daughter who lives in the US had broken her foot.
“But just as he started talking to me, I didn’t know what happen after. I only know when I see the police come and tell me to keep talking to them and I see people standing up on the sidewalk looking at me,” Maynard recalled.
“I was glad when they finally cut me out of the car.”
Looking at her husband lovingly from the other side of the bed, his wife, who declined to give her name and did not want to be photographed, revealed he had invited her to accompany him on that fateful day.
However, she declined, opting to stay home instead.
“He told me to come and go for the drive, but I told him to go ahead . . . and look what happen,” she said.
Maynard was originally scheduled to have surgery last night, but shortly after the interview concluded today, orderlies, along with a nurse, arrived to take him to surgery.