A father-of-six who survived a terrifying motorbike crash while competing in a race has thanked the hospital staff who have helped him on the road to recovery.
Peter Richardson, 69, who owns R and B Motors, on Ashfield Road, Bispham, had been competing in a race on the Isle of Man when the accident happened.
He was left with a broken right shoulder blade and left hip socket as well as a cut to his liver after crashing while coming out of a right hand bend.
He is now recovering at the Royal Liverpool Hospital’s specialist centre for trauma and orthopaedics following he crash on August 20.
Recalling the crash Peter, from Little Carleton, said: “As I was going up the mountain, there was a right hand bend then a left hand bend going up to the gooseneck.
“I remember going out of the right hand bend but nothing after that. I don’t think I made the left hand bend.
“The next thing I can remember is somebody saying he’s damaged his hip joint but I don’t know if that was in the road, the helicopter or the hospital.”
Peter was taken to Noble’s Hospital in Douglas where he stayed until being taken by air ambulance to Liverpool three days later.
His son Roy, who was riding on the same course at the time and holds several Manx GP records on the track, was informed of his father’s accident when he finished the circuit. The pair had been due to compete with the same Tower Race Team in the race.
Peter added: “All of the staff here at the Royal have been absolutely brilliant.
“And I want to say a massive thank you to all my family and friends for their well wishes and messages of support.”
Specialist equipment used in op
Consultant surgeons Gunasekaran Kumar and Sanjay Kalra, both specialists in complex trauma including hip socket fractures, performed Peter’s hip socket operation.
Mr Kumar said: “The complex fracture of his left hip socket was fixed using specialist equipment, which results in minimal scarring and a shorter recovery time for the patient.”