A woman  who slipped on an icy stretch of path said the coat she was wearing saved her life.

Annette Sterland-Burton, 49, said doctors told her she wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the thick padding of her jacket which cushioned her fall on Monday.

She said passers by stopped to help her and called an ambulance.

“I just wanted to say thank you to the people that helped me on Monday after slipping. Without your actions the hospital said my children would be having a totally different Christmas without their mum,” she said.

“The path is so dangerous, I was extremely lucky I could have died.

“I went into the council yesterday with a letter from the hospital and all they spoke about is compensation.”

Handsworth Grange Road.

The fall happened on Handsworth Grange Road which Annette claimed it is never gritted. It is close to two schools.

She said she told the council that she does not want compensation for the injuries, she just wants something doing about the ‘dangerous’ path.

As well as the pain and injuries left from the accident Annette also needs physiotherapy.

She said: “The accident has set me back so much.”

Philip Beecroft, Head of Highway Maintenance at Sheffield City Council said: “We are very sorry to hear about Ms Sterland-Burton’s fall and wish her all the best in her recovery.

“As part of the Streets Ahead programme, the council grits 60% of the city’s road network in priority order, which is a higher percentage of roads than any other council in the UK. When freezing conditions are predicted, gritting of our priority routes ensures that arterial roads and access for emergency services and vital public facilities, such as hospitals and GP surgeries, receive treatment first and foremost. Handsworth Grange Road is included in our Priority 2 gritting route.

“We do not routinely grit pavements. However, there are over 2000 public grit bins in the city which we encourage residents to make full use of during wintry conditions. Following each winter period, we review the services provided and consider any requests for new or re-located grit bins as part of this process, to ensure optimum benefit for the public.”