PARAL­YSED CY­CLIST PASSES AWAY

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By Jo Pugh

A CY­CLIST who was left paral­ysed in an ac­ci­dent in May this year sadly passed away in a spinal unit near Glas­gow on Wednesday evening.

John Telfer, from Calpe, had to be flown back to Scot­land by air am­bu­lance af­ter suf­fer­ing life-chang­ing in­juries in a crash on the Pe­dreguer to Al­calalí road caused by a tree trunk pro­trud­ing into the road. Af­ter dis­cov­er­ing his travel in­surance had ex­pired only two days pre­vi­ously, a GoFundMe page was set up by friends to help pay for his trans­fer to the UK, and €25,000 was raised in just over a week, in­clud­ing gen­er­ous do­na­tions from our read­ers.

John was sent to a spe­cial­ist spinal unit near Glas­gow, where he was ini­tially thought to be slowly re­cov­er­ing. Af­ter two months, he was able to move two fin­gers on his right hand. Un­for­tu­nately, John con­tracted sep­sis af­ter com­pli­ca­tions, and passed away peace­fully at 19.00 on Wednesday.

John was a pop­u­lar mem­ber of Benissa Cy­cling Club.

Our thoughts are with his wife Dawn, daugh­ter Laura, son Gregg and the rest of the fam­ily.

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