John McPhee leaves hospi­tal af­ter hor­ror crash

The Oban Times - - Sport -

FOL­LOW­ING his re­cent ac­ci­dent in the Aus­tralian Moto3 Grand Prix at Phillip Is­land, Con­nel’s John McPhee was taken to the St Kilda Al­fred Hospi­tal in Mel­bourne.

Fol­low­ing tests at the hospi- tal, doc­tors found that both of his lungs had been per­fo­rated in the crash and at present he has lost around 40 per cent of their func­tion.

John has been told his lungs will heal nat­u­rally but it will take some weeks for them to be back to nor­mal.

He can ex­er­cise gen­tly to help their heal­ing and has a fur­ther ap­point­ment to check progress.

John also broke his right thumb in the ac­ci­dent and this has now been op­er­ated on. As a re­sult of his per­fo­rated lungs, John will not be able to fly for an­other month or so which leaves him stranded in Aus­tralia un­til they heal and the trapped air be­tween the lungs and chest wall dis­si­pates.

John’s par­ents Alas­dair and Mar­garet have flown over to be with him.

He is stay­ing pos­i­tive, but is nat­u­rally frus­trated his re­cov­ery will take some time. He will not only miss the last two races this year, just when his crew had got his Peu­geot bike per­form­ing at its best, but may now be ex­cluded from end- of-sea­son tests to pre­pare for next year.

‘I’m very com­fort­able,’ said John, ‘and the staff at the Philip Is­land cir­cuit, the clin­i­cal mo­bile unit and at the hospi­tal were fan­tas­tic.

‘Con­sid­er­ing the bang I had, I don’t feel that bad and now I just want to get back to full fit­ness as soon as pos­si­ble.’

He was re­leasd from hospi­tal at the week­end.

John thanks every­one for their mes­sages of sup­port on Face­book and Twit­ter.

‘It means a great deal to me,’ he said.

John’s Rac­ing Steps Foun­da­tion team-mate Al­bert Are­nas vis­ited him in the med­i­cal cen­tre at the Phillip Is­land race cir­cuit af­ter the ac­ci­dent.

John McPhee af­ter the op­er­a­tion on his bro­ken thumb.

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