Jávea cyclists face further surgery
Briton Scott Gordon undergoes sixth operation and 'cannot see light at the end of the tunnel' 17 months after a drunk driver killed three of his friends and left him and Andrés Contreras fighting for their lives
SURVIVORS of the Oliva cyclist crash last May which killed three members of a Jávea triathlon team are still undergoing surgery for their injuries – and one of them went under knife again this week.
British cyclist Scott Gordon has just come round from his sixth operation on his femur, which refuses to set properly.
He admits he 'cannot see light at the end of the tunnel' 17 months after the N-332 crash which claimed the lives of Edu Monfort Gasent and José Antonio Albi, both 28, and Luis Alberto Contreras, 53.
But Scott says he tries to keep himself motivated by looking at old photos of himself taking part in triathlons, cycle races and cross-country runs.
Luis Alberto's son Andrés, who was 26 when he lost his father and two friends, is due for yet another operation next month to remove the pins holding his reconstructed knee together, but says his broken tibia is healing well.
He had an appointment with his surgeon Dr León Villar Beltrán at Alzira hospital on his 28th birthday this week, and visited the rest of the team whilst there.
Andrés greeted the doctors and nurses who saved his life on May 7, 2017 when a drunk driver high on cocaine ploughed into the six Jávea triathletes, and thanked them for giving him the birthday he was celebrating.
Although the Venezuelaborn cyclist says he was really reborn last May, when medics brought him round from two cardiac arrests.
Andrés' inspiration comes from Spanish cyclist Alejandro Valverde, 38, who smashed up his knee in last year's Tour de France, but who has just become world champion.
Of the six, the only cyclist left unscathed by the dramatic smash was Llebeig Athletics Club triathlon team leader Jaime Escortell, who survived by hurling himself over the crash barrier.
Mavi Sánchez, 29, from Gandia – an ice-cream waitress at Ondara shopping centre – veered right across the road onto the opposite hard shoulder when she was five times over the alcohol limit.
She had been drinking until the minute before she got behind the wheel, and had consumed large amounts of cocaine on an all-night bender.
Mavi spent a year in custody but successfully applied for bail.
It was Spanish Mother's Day in 2017 when two Jávea mums lost their sons and another lost her husband whilst her own son's life was hanging in the balance.
Scott and Andrés shared this photo on social media a year ago when they had both left hospital