Alex’s long road to re­cov­ery

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

ALEX Der­ham is fac­ing a long re­cov­ery af­ter a car crash left him with mul­ti­ple in­juries, in­clud­ing a frac­tured ver­te­brae and ribs and a col­lapsed lung.

The pizza de­liv­ery driver (21) was hit by a four-wheel drive on Al­bany High­way in St James on May 8 when he was rid­ing his moped.

Po­lice are still look­ing for the driver, who al­legedly left the scene af­ter the in­ci­dent.

Af­ter be­ing re­leased from Royal Perth Hos­pi­tal, Mr Der­ham is re­cov­er­ing with the help of his girl­friend, Tanika Cal­lis­ter.

“I’ve got 11 frac­tured ver­te­brae, three frac­tured ribs, a lac­er­ated spleen and kid­ney and a col­lapsed lung,” he said.

“It could have been worse, it’s not as bad as it could have been.

“I’m un­fit for 60 days, and I need to wear a brace from my neck to my waist for 13 weeks, and then there will be more re­hab to do.

Mr Der­ham said he knew he was go­ing to hit the car.

“When I saw the car, I thought, ‘Oh well, I’m go­ing to hit it’ so I aimed for the bon­net in­stead of the door be­cause then I would have stopped dead,” he said.

“I couldn’t breathe and my spine was in im­mense pain.

“It only took about a minute for the paramedics to come there; ap­par­ently there’s an am­bu­lance de­pot nearby.

“They were wor­ried about in­ter­nal bleed­ing; it was pretty in­tense and they put me on oxy­gen.”

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help pay for Mr Der­ham’s med­i­cal bills.

“I’m a bit wor­ried about it (bills); I’m try­ing not to think about it too much,” he said.

“I’ll get work­ers com­pen­sa­tion, but it takes a while to go through and this is a buf­fer.

“It feels good to know peo­ple care about me.”

To do­nate, visit­ham-hi­tand-run-trauma.

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