STAR’S SHOCK ACCIDENT TOLL
Champ’s wrist shattered in 20 places, shocking break to leg
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.