Biker awake after surgery
Jim still in intensive care after lifesaving op
A Rutherglen biker who was crushed under a van in a horror accident has awoken from a coma after lifesaving surgery.
Motorcycle enthusiast Jim Madden (47), of Kinconnell Drive, was involved in the smash early on September 4 on Croftfoot Road.
He suffered severe injuries to both arms, every rib was broken and his lungs were crushed.
This week, he delighted younger brother Stephen - who has travelled from his Cambridge home to be at his bedside – by nodding to confirm that he remembers the devastating accident that left him in a serious condition at Glasgow's Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.
Stephen ( 45) says surgeons at the city's new ‘super hospital' worked wonders by placing pins in both arms to fuse Jim's shattered bones.
Due to the damage suffered to his lungs and ribs, Jim was fitted with a ventilator.
Until two days ago, it was unclear whether he would be able to breathe unaided.
But on Monday, doctors delivered the good news that his lungs had recovered sufficiently to allow Jim to breath on his own and he was taken off the machine.
Still in intensive care and being fed through a tube, relieved Stephen says Jim is smiling and seems to be in relatively high spirits.
“He is clearly in a lot of pain, but he understands his situation and how much of a trauma he has had,” explained HGV driver Stephen.
“He is going to be in hospital for a long, long time. “This will take months. “He has movement in his arms, can clench his fist and wiggle his fingers, and he can write on a pad.
“When I first came up after hearing about the accident, he was in an induced coma and had no movement at all.
“The care in hospital has been amazing.
'There is someone with him every minute of the day with a computer, monitoring everything.
“The staff are outstanding. I have never seen care like it in my life.
“I am very upbeat about the improvement I have seen in him.
Former Spittal Primary and Grange Secondary School pupil Jim is an engineer with London Roadbased Glacier Energy Services.
The firm alerted next of kin Stephen, who immediately drove 300 miles to be at his brother's side.
Following news of the accident in last week's paper, well-wishers posted messages of encouragement on the Reformer's Facebook page.
Ut Sider wrote: “‘Mon Jim,” while Suzie Benedetti Hitchell said: “Wishing James a full recovery. Saw the aftermath of this when dropping my girl at school.”
“Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Jim,” said Ricky Hynd, while Janette Sharp wrote: “Hope this guy pulls through. Such a shame.”
Relief Stephen Madden (left) is delighted brother Jim is able to breathe on his own