Biker awake af­ter surgery

Jim still in in­ten­sive care af­ter life­sav­ing op

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Niki Ten­nant

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

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