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

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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.

Dr Cavadas

Scott and An­drés af­ter the ac­ci­dent

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