– What happened to the bike?
“My bike was so dialled, I’d just got a new frame, and just before that I’d treated myself to a fresh pair of Profile wheels so it was riding sweet. Being that I was in an induced coma for 2 weeks and had a tracheostomy for a following week or so, I was unable to ask the question. By the time I had a voice again, nearly 4 weeks had passed, so it was too late and I still don’t know what happened to my bike. I would’ve loved to see what it looked like! Probably would of kept it for the rest of my life.”
“They didn’t know if I would make it or not,
they kept using the words ‘blunt trauma’…”
– How has the recovery been? What stages and milestones have you been through?
“Very amazing! I have so many people helping me out, but I’m really proud of myself for the fact I’m staying so positive and pushing myself every day, considering that 6 months ago I had to relearn how to walk. I started with 2 people each side of me holding my hands, another person holding my waist up and a trolley carrying my oxygen tank, chest strain fluid, and a bag for urine… I’d say I feel like I’m smashing the competition! The first few months were really hard, I could hardly walk 10 yards then I would get really out of breath and my back and shoulder would hurt. I spent a lot of time sitting or laying down, but nowadays I can walk for miles again and my back isn’t in too much pain.”
– Where are you at now?
“Right now I’m waiting to hear from the surgeons to see if I will be having surgery on my scapula. The reason it’s taken so long is that it’s a very difficult operation, not your average break – it’s not only broken, it’s twisted and in the wrong place so my right arm is holding me back. Other than that I’m just trying to build my stamina back up.”
“The real reason why I’ve been pushing so hard is so I can get back on my bike again.”
– What’s your daily routine? Do you have physiotherapy and training to do?
“I see a physiotherapist 3 times a month. He checks how good my movement is and if it’s improved as from the start I’ve had very limited movement in my right arm, so each time I see him he will change up my routine in all the stretches and exercises I do. I currently spend about an hour each day working on my arm.”
– What are your aims for the near future?
“There are two things I mainly think about – work and BMX. I would like to start working again soon as it keeps me busy for the right reasons and I would also like to start going out with my crew on street missions again.”
– What’s your ultimate goal?
“Throughout this whole experience it’s made me realise a lot. I can’t tell you what but it’s definitely something strong. I feel very lucky to be alive. And so I’m happy how I am, how I will turn out is anyone’s guess at the moment, but I don’t have an ultimate expectation on myself anymore so I’m just going with the flow.”
“I feel very lucky to be alive.”