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« on: June 03, 2015, 02:18:05 pm »

Carly Rathmell

On the 16th May 2015, popular Irishman Stephen Thompson was involved in a serious accident at the International Northwest 200. The 39-year-old from Crumlin, Co Antrim was seriously injured in a crash where he was trying to avoid a fallen rider.

This is the story by his lovely partner Charlotte of the events since the accident:-

“Stephen sadly suffered a collapsed lung, bleeding on the brain, brachial plexus injury – which means at the minute we don’t know if he has severed the nerves or badly damaged them but he currently has no feeling or use of his left arm. He has broken the left forearm and shattered his hand – this was operated on the day of the accident and he was in theatre for 7 hours, they plated his forearm and now has a cage around the hand where they have pinned and wired it. The Royal Belfast Hospital then sent him to ICU following the operation, where he was put under heavy sedation until the Tuesday to help him with his lungs and trauma to the body.

On the Wednesday they transferred him to the fracture ward where he took a turn for the worse in the middle of the night and they had to call for the special care team to come and work and look after him as he was too weak to move back to ICU. The Thursday and Friday were extremely touch-and-go and the doctors were very worried about his and his deterioration, this put back his operation that was pencilled in for his leg on the Friday until he was strong enough to deal with the surgery.

The operation went ahead on his leg on Wednesday 27th May, he went to surgery at 10.15 and came back onto the ward that evening at 8pm. He had a pin put in his femur and they have put an external cage around the bottom part of his leg to fix the broken tibia and fibula. He can’t weight bare on the leg for at least 6 – 8 weeks and until we know his progress they haven’t give us a time on how long the cage will be on.

Stephen currently has no feeling from the shoulder down on his left arm so he is being transported via ambulance on Wednesday 3rd June for the day to see a top nerve specialist, he will go down to Dublin and back in the day. It looks like Stephen could be in hospital for a long stay until he has more movement in his arm and leg. The broken ribs are making progress which is also helping get his breathing more stable.”

As a friend of Charlotte, partner to Stephen I have set up this page to help him with his rehab and recovery which is set to be a very long road. Stephen is self-employed and currently remains in the Royal Belfast hospital, he was originally in Intensive Care/HDU for several days and the doctors anxiously waited for progress before they could perform another operation.

Stephen and Charlotte have two girls Fay and Libbie, they are asking for nothing from anyone except prayers and well wishes. I suggested to Charlotte to set up this GoFund page and if anyone wishes to help with a donation to help Stephen with his recovery it would be very much appreciated. for all updates on Stephen
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