Champ’s wrist shat­tered in 20 places, shock­ing break to leg

Sunday Herald Sun - - Front Page - FIONA BYRNE

ESSENDON great James Hird has re­vealed his left wrist was shat­tered in 20 places and his leg bro­ken when he was hit by a car last week.

Hird ex­pects to be re­leased from the Ep­worth Hospi­tal in com­ing days af­ter ex­ten­sive surgery to piece him back to­gether.

“When my wrist was sort of go­ing side­ways I re­alised there was some­thing wrong,” he said yes­ter­day from his hospi­tal bed. “I have eight pins in my knee and eight in the wrist.

“Un­for­tu­nately it is my left wrist and my left leg so I am go­ing to have a bit of trou­ble get­ting around on crutches. Lo­gis­ti­cally it will be in­ter­est­ing. I am feel­ing a lot bet­ter and hope­fully in six weeks’ time I will be walk­ing around again.

“I don’t have to play any more elite foot­ball, so that is OK.”

The break in Hird’s leg is through the knee joint.

Hird, 45, was knocked from his bike as he rode along Burn­ley St just be­fore 3pm last Wed­nes­day.

He said he wanted to sin­cerely thank ev­ery­one who came to his aid.

“The lady (who hit him) was so up­set, she was cry­ing and I said to her, ‘It’s OK, I’m not go­ing to die’,’’ he said.

“The by­standers who came to help me were won­der­ful. There were three or four peo­ple who stopped and lifted me off the road and I am very thank­ful. The am­bu­lance staff, the nurses at Ep­worth and An­drew Oppy, the sur­geon who worked on me, have all been great and Ta­nia (his wife) and my fam­ily have been in­cred­i­ble.”

It is the sec­ond time in re­cent years that Hird has been in­jured while bike rid­ing in Melbourne.

He said he might have to re­assess his mode of in­ner-city trans­port.

“It is bad luck re­ally,” he said. “I will get back on my feet and then have a think about it. “I might stick to bike paths, although I was ac­tu­ally in a bike lane when it (this re­cent ac­ci­dent) hap­pened.”

A 36-year-old Rich­mond woman was yes­ter­day is­sued with an in­fringe­ment no­tice over the crash.

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