Edita Butkeviciut, who works as a nail technician, was unconscious under the sofa for 40 minutes after it landed on her in Aberdeen, northeast Scotland, on December 7

Edita Butkeviciut, 30, was knocked out and left trapped under the three-seater for 40 minutes.

She was only discovered after bosses at Nailco Nail Bar in Aberdeen, northeast Scotland, were unable to contact her when her lunch break was over.

Doctors said she was lucky to survive the horror on December 7.

Edita’s partner James Ferreira, a barman, said: “It’s been a crazy few days. The doctors have been unbelievably good to her.

“They said Edita is lucky to be alive. I am so grateful for the support everyone has given us in the last few days.”

Two men have been charged in connection with the incident.

Edita, who lives in Aberdeen, needed surgery for multiple broken bones, including a fractured spine, broken thigh and broken ankle. The nail salon employee is expected to remain at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary for seven weeks over Christmas.

The former chef, originally from Lithuania, went out to Nailco Nail Bar’s yard to put some rubbish out, and then call 31-year-old Daniel.

The horror happened during her phone call and the line went dead.

But one man who came to her aid said: “I heard a wee lass screaming so called 999. I had to tell them three times that a sofa had fallen on top of her because they found it so hard to believe.

“People were bringing her blankets and we moved the bins from the rear yard so the ambulance could get in easily.”

Staff from Pure clothes shop – next door to Nailco – also helped Edita.

“I was off when it happened but as soon as I found out I drove from where I was in Cove straight to the hospital. Edita is such a strong person. She’s mentally tough and has been saying ‘now I can get better’,” Nailco’s manager Gemma Ritchie said.

“She has managed to take a few steps since it happened.

“Her mother passed away a couple of years ago and her dad is in Lithuania – he is going to come and see her in January.

“Myself and her colleagues have all been to see her in hospital and brought her heaps of goodies. We just want to do anything we can to help.”

Daniel, who has been dating Edita for 11 years, added: “I’ve barely been away from the hospital since it happened. She had an operation to treat her ankle and another to treat her back.

“Edita has had pins put into her back. She has been sleeping a lot due to the pain in her shoulder and the impact of the injuries.

“The medical care she has had has been amazing. She means the world to me

“I am really thankful to everyone who came to help her. Her recovery is going to be hard but I will be right by her side.”

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Police in Aberdeen have charged two men aged 31 and 26 after a 30-year-old woman was injured by a sofa that was allegedly thrown from a building in the city centre area on December 7.

“The woman was taken to ARI by the Scottish Ambulance Service with serious injuries.

“A report has been submitted to the procurator fiscal.”



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