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Injured cyclist thanks first responder

Posted in: Bicycle Accidents Spine & Back Injuries 

38-year-old cyclist Jenni Stewart has thanked a community first responder for his help after she took a terrible fall from her bike, leaving her with a severe back injury. The accident occurred when Ms Stewart and her partner Steve Smith were returning home from a 25-mile bike ride down Dalby Road in Leicester, and she was thrown over her handlebars while travelling at 26mph.

After the fall, Ms Stewart crawled into the side of the road to avoid cars, when luckily, a motorist stopped.  Her partner said he heard a noise behind him and turned to see her “flying through the air”.  Within minutes, passing motorist Tim Frisby arrived at the scene of the accident – a community first responder for East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) – and was able to assist with her injuries.  She said: “If Tim hadn’t been there I would probably have tried to shake it off and get up, which could have been very dangerous considering I had sustained two burst fractures to my spine.

Lucky to have been wearing a helmet

Jenni was immediately taken to Leicester Royal Infirmary, where she remained for a week. 12 weeks following the accident, Ms Stewart remains in a state of recovery and is due to start physiotherapy at Melton Hospital over the next few weeks.  Despite the severity of her injuries, medical staff told Ms Stewart that she was very lucky not to have sustained serious head injuries, considering the condition of her helmet after the accident.

Jenni, who works for the Princes Trust, said: “I can’t thank Tim enough for all he did.

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