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I snapped my leg in half after jumping off a pier into shallow water – now one limb will always be shorter than the other, don’t make my mistake

A woman jumped off a pier into shallow water and snapped her leg has revealed that one limb will now permanently be shorter than the other. 

Leone Morrison, from Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, was enjoying a day out with friends at Cullercoats beach last summer.

After seeing others jumping off the 15ft pier, the 22-year-old decided to give it a go too.

While nervous, the call centre worker had jumped off cliffs and waterfalls before on holiday, so believed she knew how to do so ‘safely’.

The first time, Leone safely landed in the water – but she wasn’t so lucky when she decided to do it again.

Leone Morrison, from Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, was left with one leg shorter than the other after she jumped off a cliff into shallow water snapping her leg in half Leone Morrison, from Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, was left with one leg shorter than the other after she jumped off a cliff into shallow water snapping her leg in half

Leone Morrison, from Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, was left with one leg shorter than the other after she jumped off a cliff into shallow water snapping her leg in half

By the time she was back on the pier and ready to leap, the tide had gone out and she was unknowingly free falling into shallow waters – causing her leg to ‘snap in half’.

Now, she’s been left walking lopsided since her legs are different lengths and is sharing her ordeal on social media, racking up 65,000 views on one video, in a bid to raise awareness about the dangers of ‘tombstoning.’

Tombstoning is the activity of jumping off high cliffs into water while keeping your body straight. 

‘I was left disorientated and I tried to swim off, dragging myself forward with just my arms because my leg felt so strange,’ Leone said.

‘As I lifted it up, there was a sickening snap and a sharp pain tore through me.

‘The shock of the impact must have taken some of the edge off the pain initially, but then I was in sheer agony.

‘I didn’t want to get out of the water in case it made it worse.’

She claims five lifeguards ran to her rescue, before placing her on gas and air, then onto a stretcher.

The 22-year-old recalls people jumping off the 15ft pier into the ocean, and as it looked like fun, she tried it out too The 22-year-old recalls people jumping off the 15ft pier into the ocean, and as it looked like fun, she tried it out too

The 22-year-old recalls people jumping off the 15ft pier into the ocean, and as it looked like fun, she tried it out too

In a bid to raise awareness for her traumatic ordeal in July 2022 and the dangers of jumping off cliffs during the summer, she took to TikTok In a bid to raise awareness for her traumatic ordeal in July 2022 and the dangers of jumping off cliffs during the summer, she took to TikTok

In a bid to raise awareness for her traumatic ordeal in July 2022 and the dangers of jumping off cliffs during the summer, she took to TikTok

In the clip, Leone is shown jumping from the pier, before she can be seen puffing on gas and air while being attended to by paramedics In the clip, Leone is shown jumping from the pier, before she can be seen puffing on gas and air while being attended to by paramedics

In the clip, Leone is shown jumping from the pier, before she can be seen puffing on gas and air while being attended to by paramedics

Leone, who was confused about what had happened, was told that the shore had gone out when she jumped, making the area unsafe for this activity.

As the ambulance arrived, she was blue-lighted to the nearest hospital to have extensive X-rays taken, where they confirmed she had broken both bones in her left shin.

She said: ‘I felt like throwing up, as I’d also chipped my spine and damaged my knee, as well as snapped my tibia and fibula. But I’m thankful, as it could’ve been a lot worse.’

In a bid to raise awareness for her traumatic ordeal in July 2022 and the dangers of jumping off cliffs during the summer, she took to TikTok.

In the clip, Leone is shown jumping from the pier, before she can be seen puffing on gas and air while being attended to by paramedics.

Now, she's been left walking lopsided since her legs are different lengths and is sharing her ordeal on social media, racking up 65,000 views on one video, in a bid to raise awareness about the dangers of 'tombstoning' Now, she's been left walking lopsided since her legs are different lengths and is sharing her ordeal on social media, racking up 65,000 views on one video, in a bid to raise awareness about the dangers of 'tombstoning'

Now, she’s been left walking lopsided since her legs are different lengths and is sharing her ordeal on social media, racking up 65,000 views on one video, in a bid to raise awareness about the dangers of ‘tombstoning’

She claims five lifeguards ran to her rescue, before placing her on gas and air, then onto a stretcher She claims five lifeguards ran to her rescue, before placing her on gas and air, then onto a stretcher

She claims five lifeguards ran to her rescue, before placing her on gas and air, then onto a stretcher

Users have flocked to the comments to share their horror after witnessing the events.

Laura said: ‘I’ve worked in spinal injury centres before. I am BEGGING people not to do this’. [sic]

Amber wrote: ‘Good job you didn’t go head first. Feel better soon.’

One person added: ‘Jesus Christ I’m so glad it wasn’t worse. hope you make a quick recovery’. [sic]

Another person said: ‘Babeeee you were so brave!! Good to bring awareness to this just as summer is starting! X’ [sic]

Nat added: ‘Really important message and you’re soooo lucky. I bet the pain was awful’. [sic]

Another person wrote: ‘It’s not called tombstoning for nothing. I hope you have a speedy recovery you lucky thing xx’. [sic]

Since then, she's been through a four-and-a-half hour operation to fuse her bones back together with a metal rod, as well as physiotherapy, and is on medication to help with her PTSD and anxiety Since then, she's been through a four-and-a-half hour operation to fuse her bones back together with a metal rod, as well as physiotherapy, and is on medication to help with her PTSD and anxiety

Since then, she’s been through a four-and-a-half hour operation to fuse her bones back together with a metal rod, as well as physiotherapy, and is on medication to help with her PTSD and anxiety

Now, she's trying to find the positives in her situation and claims that she will never jump off a cliff into the sea again ¿ but most importantly, is thankful that she's alive Now, she's trying to find the positives in her situation and claims that she will never jump off a cliff into the sea again ¿ but most importantly, is thankful that she's alive

Now, she’s trying to find the positives in her situation and claims that she will never jump off a cliff into the sea again – but most importantly, is thankful that she’s alive

Leone said she has nerve damage through the bottom of her foot, a quarter of her leg, and her knee Leone said she has nerve damage through the bottom of her foot, a quarter of her leg, and her knee

Leone said she has nerve damage through the bottom of her foot, a quarter of her leg, and her knee

Since then, she’s been through a four-and-a-half hour operation to fuse her bones back together with a metal rod, as well as physiotherapy, and is on medication to help with her PTSD and anxiety.

Now, she’s trying to find the positives in her situation and claims that she will never jump off a cliff into the sea again – but most importantly, is thankful that she’s alive.

Leone added: ‘It’s been tough, as I’ve got nerve damage through the bottom of my foot, a quarter of my leg, and my knee.

‘I still get really bad pains and the wind affects me too — when it’s cold, it’s the worst and when I’m too hot it hurts as well, it gets affected by temperature quite badly.

‘I can’t bend down on my knee either and I have to be careful not to put pressure on it or bear too much weight through it.

‘My leg has also lengthened by one centimetre which affects my hips and doctors are unable to shorten it, so it will be that way for the rest of my life.

‘I walk with a waddle and have a four-inch scar stretching from my shin to the top of my knee.

‘I don’t speak with the [friends I was with that day] anymore, which is weird, but they didn’t bother with me and it’s made me so much happier not having to deal with that.

‘I think something positive to come out of this is other people telling me that they’ve learned from me.

‘A lot of people were coming to me from my TikTok and then my mum posted a status on Facebook too that got a good response.

‘The sun’s out again now and I know everyone is thinking about their holidays – but I want to warn everyone: please don’t do what I did, it’s just not worth it.

‘I’m lucky to be able to walk, let alone still be alive today.’

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