Star surgeon gives British cycle crash victim new hope
Jávea's Scott Gordon thought he would never walk properly again after tragic Sunday when a drug-driver killed three of his friends and left him and Andrés Contreras gravely injured
By Samantha Kett 'SUPER-SURGEON' Pedro Cavadas has given Oliva cycle crash victim Scott Gordon new hope – 18 months on from the N-332 tragedy, the British triathlete has undergone his 11th operation and been assured of a full recovery.
Scott and his team mate, Venezuela-born Andrés Contreras, from Jávea's Llebeig Athletics Club, survived being hit by a drug-driver on Mother's Day in May 2017 with horrific injuries – and are still not out of the woods.
Andrés' father, Luis Alberto, and their friends José Antonio Albi and Edu Monfort Gasent, both 28, were killed outright when Gandia barmaid Mavi Sánchez – high on cocaine and five times over the drinkdriving limit – ploughed into them.
Scott feared spending the rest of his life on crutches with a severe limp and a great deal of pain, since after four operations to rebuilt his left femur, the bone still refused to set.
He had also been in surgery another six times for multiple fractures.
Dr Pedro Cavadas, based at Manises hospital – two kilometres from Valencia airport – is famous worldwide for re-implanting severed limbs and carrying out hand, finger, leg, arm and face transplants.
Getting to see him involved a battle, says Scott, who has praised Dénia hospital for its dedication and excellent bedside manner but who wanted a second opinion on an injury that looked set to be permanent.
He became particularly worried when his leg went red and looked as though an infection was setting in.
“Dr Cavadas has given me back my hope,” says Scott, who has just been under knife at Manises.
“He says his operation on me has gone well and that he's convinced I'll recover.”
Although Dénia hospital 'saved his life', the constant infections, failure of the bone to heal and its continually deteriorating and weakening meant he wanted Dr Cavadas, 'the best surgeon in Spain', to take a look at it.
The miracle-working traumatologist has given Scott a '99.9% probability' of being able to lead a normal life again.
Scott and Andrés after the accident