Bray Hill casualties will make full recovery
By Adrian Darbyshire
Published on 10/06/2013 14:53
All victims of the Bray Hill TT crash are expected to make a full recovery, the surgeon who operated on them told a press conference.
Orthopaedic surgeon Ian Wright said that given the speed of the bike that crashed into the spectators, there could have been multiple injuries.
Of eight casualties admitted to Noble’s Hospital after the accident in Friday’s senior TT race, four had serious limb injuries and of those, three went into theatre that day and one the following day.
Three are in the process of being transferred to UK trauma centres for on-going specialist care while one is expected to be discharged in a few days.
Mr Wright told reporters that the casualties suffered open fractures to the shin bones as Jonathan Howarth’s machine struck them. ‘It took out the lower half of their bodies,’ he said.
But he confirmed that no one has lost a limb. He said he expected all would make a full recovery in terms of walking and returning to work. He added, however: ‘Whether they will be completely unimpaired it is too early to say.’
Medical professionals gathered at the press conference said they were proud of how Noble’s staff and paramedics had responded to a challenging situation and the emergency plan for dealing with multiple admissions had worked as it should.
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