A 24-year-old cyclist is fortunate to have survived a horror collision in London. Cycling to the creative agency where she is an accounts manager, Victoria Lebrec was struck by a skip lorry. Within minutes the Air Ambulance team arrived in a fast-response car. When it became available, their helicopter diverted to the scene of the accident at Clerkenwell. Although Victoria’s injuries were life-threatening, emergency consultant Dr Samy Sadek managed to insert a balloon to block her aorta, stemming a haemorrhage from her crushed pelvis. This procedure has only ever been practised four times outwith the hospital, and this was its second success.
Victoria is undergoing intensive rehabilitation at the Royal London hospital, as the trauma she sustained was so severe that surgeons had to amputate her left leg. She underwent six operations in five days, finally regaining consciousness eight days from the deadly incident. One of the team of surgeons, Tom Konig, remarked that saving the young woman’s life in this way wouldn’t have been possible a couple of years previously. He went on to say that this type of cyclist-lorry collision illustrated the perils of flesh and blood being pitted against lorries.
How frequently do these accidents occur?
Unfortunately Victoria’s experience is far from unique. Statistics reveal that tens of thousands of cyclists are killed or injured on Britain’s roads every year. In addition to the figures that can be collated, there are many incidents that happen off-road, or go unreported. As cycling has increased in popularity, so have the numbers putting themselves at risk. Bikes are much harder for motor vehicle drivers to spot, especially at night, or in bad weather. In a collision, cyclists will always come off second-best, and the tons of metal they share the road with can cause a range of injuries.
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Source: Evening Standard
Date Published: February 6, 2015
Author: David Brown