Mother of train accident victim Sarah Stott plans to sue CN Rail
MONTREAL — For close to a month, Sarah Stott has received round-the-clock care at the Montreal General Hospital.
Stott is reportedly in good spirits despite the tragic turn in her life.
The 22-year-old lost the use of both of her legs in a train accident at the CN Rail yards in Pointe St-Charles last month.
On Tuesday, some of the woman’s fingers were also amputated due to the extreme frostbite suffered the day of the mishap.
The young victim’s mother, Shelley Stott, is having a very difficult time accepting it.
“Ask any mother, it’s heart-wrenching,” Shelley Stott said.
“When you’re removing a part of my daughter, you’re removing a part of me as well.”
The mother’s sadness is now turning to anger.
From her home in Ottawa, Shelley Stott told Global News Tuesday she has spoken to lawyers and is now considering launching a lawsuit against CN Rail.
She said she believes her daughter is only partly to blame for the accident.
Stott said the railway company should help pay for her daughter’s medical bills.
Sarah Stott will require two prosthetic legs.
“I think it would be the right thing for them to do,” Shelley Stott said.
“They need to man up, put their big pants on, and give us a call and make some kind of sizeable donation.”
A spokesperson with CN Rail reached by Global News refused to offer a comment.
For now, the family is doing what it can with some grassroots fundraising efforts.
Close to $50,000 has been raised on-line via a website.
The goal of the effort is to collect half-a-million dollars.
At the Irish Embassy Pub in downtown Montreal, a special fundraiser is also being planned in the coming weeks.
Sarah Stott is an employee of the bar.
“She was part of the family here, she was an integral part of the family,” said pub co-owner Joe Cannon.
“We’ll be donating proceeds from the pub that will go to Sarah’s medical care, hopefully for anything she might need in the future.”
Stott has told friends once she is fitted with her artificial limbs, she plans to return to work.
“That’s the day we’re looking forward to,” said Cannon, with a smile.