On Monday 3rd December, a very competent and competitive local cyclist , Christian Hill from Adalta Cycling Club, was hit by a taxi whilst cycling. He has suffered horrifying injuries due to the incident and is currently laying in a hospital bed looking at a long recovery period.
Christian is a very keen cyclist and has also done extremely well in duathlons, most recently finishing 1st in his category at the London Duathlon this September. But just over a week ago he was cycling along a fairly innocuous shopping street in a coastal town of Kent when he was struck by a taxi emerging from a side road. Fortunately, Christian was wearing a helmet but very unfortunately x-rays, CT and MRI scans showed that the impact of the crash broke his back and his pelvis.
In the days that followed medical professionals were able to give Christian two routes of treatment for his injuries, one being spinal surgery which would mean he would never be able to ride or run competitively again, the other… he must lay flat on his back in a hospital bed for 6 weeks and then will need to be in a back brace for the following 3 months. Christian opted for the long haul so his body can heal naturally and he can eventually get back on the bike.
Friends of Christian from all of the local cycling clubs are joining together to raise money to make his stay in hospital just a little bit more bearable. The target of an iPad has been put forward and a donation site has been set up that we are contributing to. We all know how hard it is staying off the bike for a few days, never mind 5 months so anything we can do to help the time pass will be welcomed I’m sure.
As common as accidents like this are it’s even more terrible when it’s someone you know and can relate to the accident they had. I hope Christian makes a fast recovery and gets back to his winning ways. Competitive souls have a tendency to smash the competition when coming back from serious injury and I’m sure Christian will be no different. If you feel you want to contribute to the fund for an iPad to help Christian on his road to recovery then follow the link below (that’ll be there shortly!) and donate what ever you can. Until the link is active, if you wish to contribute to the fund, get in touch with myself or Darryl and we’ll assist. I hope this post and the Facebook appeals that have gone out from many in the local cycling community reach enough people so that just $1/£1 from everyone who reads this will get us to our goal.
Get well soon Christian from all at LovingTheBike.com