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Battered and Bruised

Posted Nov 10 2008 4:51pm
The black/blue expanse around her left breast and chest area was the worst bruising I have ever seen. It was starting to turn yellow at the edges, the assault had happened 3 days earlier.

I helped her to the ambulance, she was having trouble breathing due to the pain of her broken ribs.

The doctor had arranged a trip to hospital, the patient had been to the GP after the assault but refused hospital. She phoned the GP 3 days later when the pain of breathing was getting too much.

She refused to report her attacker. She knew him as someone in her street with mental health problems and didn't want to get him into trouble.

She scanned the street with a haunted look in her eyes as I walked with her from the front door of the flat to the ambulance.
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