My wife Jude and I, with 10 friends 2 weeks ago started on what has become an annual European
Mountain Bike ride. This year it was in Tuscany, Italy starting in Sienna and going for about 300 kms on back roads and in hilly terrain. Two days into the ride Jude had a serious bike accident.
Below is the story and sequence of events including her Medivac to London. As I say here, the importance of good Travel Insurance is paramount. Today and back in Australia, 10 days later Jude has made a great progress but full recovery will take probably another 12 months.
At about 10.15 on Monday the 20th May on a Bike Ride with friends in Tuscany Jude had a bad crash at speed coming down a fast hill on Bitumen. It appears that she overbraked and went over handlebars onto the bitumen on the left hand side of her face and front of her helmet. Her face was badly ripped and bleeding. She was unconscious for a minute or so and remembers nothing of the crash. It was near a small village where someone called an ambulance. Carolin Morahan kept her in a lying position and was talking to her until the ambulance arrived about 45 minutes later. Paramedic’s and the ambulance arrived, fitted a neck brace and checked vital signs. I went with the ambulance to the hospital in Siena about 40 kms away. This is a sequence of SMS’s over the next few days. Covermore Insurance was a terrific help and it made a big difference along the road to recovery.
11.15am Matt and Jo
I’m afraid mums had a bad bike accident. She is ok but badly lacerated
around the mouth. Hopefully no bones but a lot of stitches. In hospital at Sienna now. Love dad
Guys at Sienna hospital. Jude seems about the same. Has morphine. Paramedic thinks all vital signs ok maybe cheekbone problem.
No news so far on Jude. Last was with physician who was reasonably positive. Ta Skroo.
Yes she has small haemorrhage inside cranium and outside brain. They need another scan and a small vertebrae fracture. Skroo in here 2 or 3 days at least.
She has just gone into surgery for stiches and the repair work. Suspect a couple of hours before finished. Then she has another CT scan for the intracranial bleeding. (Presume to see if it’s stable) thanks for your help. Skroo
Pete we will be at least a few days so will need our gear and a twin
at themennervais for twin as Jo coming down if someone could organise.
Phone pretty flat may use Jude’s. Skroo
Been here in operating waiting room for over 2 hours. No one around at all but a passing cleaning lady told me it would be another 2 hours.
Carolin reception may give u some info on what’s happening? I am at op theatre waiting room on level minus one- no one here at all Skroo
Carolin just saw Jude . Groggy but looks pretty good in
comparison. Early days. In intensive care tonite. Thanks Skroo
Jo arrives from London picked up from Pisa airport by Chris and Liz. At 9pm Pete and I go to hotel so I can have a shower and to get out of bike gear. Back at the hospital at 9.40pm the surgeon briefs us (Carolin, Jo, me and Peter). He was pretty confident they had done a very good job. The Operation took him and his team over 5 hours. Jo and I saw Jude at about 10.30pm to 11.30 pm. Face very swollen and left eye closed up but certainly an improvement on the pre-op look!! Jo and I got back to the Hotel at Midnight for a glass of wine.
Tuesday 21st May 6.50am
Everyone thanks on Jude’s behalf for all your best wishes. Also from
me Jo and Matt – shows how highly thought of she is by all. Its been
tough for us but nothing like for her. She has been v stoic and brave.
A brief update. Jude came out of 5 hours of surgery about 10pm last
nite. She was groggy and swollen but the surgery seemed v successful-
now mainly time.
A recap-Jude had a bad crash on her bike at speed on a downhill
bitumen road landing largely on her face and head. We don’t
know the cause. As well as severely lacerated face she had a small
fracture of a cervical vertebrae and an also small intracranial
bleeding. Again we appreciate your thoughts. Jude is still in
intensive care so best to send any messages to me for the next day or
so. We are very much hoping for a full recovery over the next few
weeks. Skroo Jo and Matt
At the hospital and can’t visit Jude yet but we have be been told by
some one that CT scan was ok so that’s positive. Skroo
Ps they will also keep Jude in intensive care until probably tomorrow
Guys wont make it this Arvo. Ended up too late. Will pick up bikes
probably early tomorrow . Can u leave them and bags at hotel? Thanks
To all. Jo and I saw Jude just now. She is in good spirits. Wants her
iphone. Still in ICU (probably move tomorrow) and face swollen but
looks like surgeons did a good job. Can now see out of left eye. Main
medical issue now seems to be the cracked cervical vertebrae and a
loose maybe cracked tooth, maybe broken Finger. CT transverse scan
showed no facial bone breaks and intracranial bleeding seems no issue.
We’ll be back at 6pm. Skroo
There is a chance Jude will be medivaced to UK so I’ll keep you in
the loop. Also not sure about bikes then. Ta Skroo
Steve at Covermore
Ros and Carolin This is latest from Steve at covermore. Can u pass on? Skroo
Hi Skroo, I am waiting for a conference call with the treating medical
team. I will address those issues. What are your thoughts on an early
air ambulance transfer to the UK? Could I confirm your house is in
London? In the interim I have asked that we get a private English
speaking nurse to attend to Jude. Regards Steve
Chris can you send me Liz’s number? We have to store bikes at Garage
Busi in Viale Curtatone. I will meet her there. Skroo
1. Air ambulance taking Jude and Jo out of Siena at midday tomorrow Thursday.
2. Jude more comfortable and happy to be going
3. Just met with head surgeon. He is quite proud of his work and I
suspect he should be. Took 5 hours and joining nerves vessels micro
4 apparently he has a before shot and now wants an after shot in 6 months.
5. I am out on BA at 1.15pm with 2 bikes and plenty of bags.
6. Jude will need another CT scan in a week to check brain bleed and
neck brace for a week or so.
7. Thanks for the interrupted company and the bikes- clearly Carolin
didn’t pack them! Enjoy rest of ride. We r very envious but I think
very lucky in a way. Could have been worse-much worse. Thanks Jude Jo Skroo
Thursday 9am Peter Edwards CEO COVERMORE
Skroo, it’s our pleasure. I am sure that Jude will be looked after
well today and in London. Any issues, let me know. Best regards, Peter
Sent from my iPhone
11am to JAW
Fine Jo flew down Monday nite. Chris and Liz picked her up from Pisa
and she was great to have here- much more useful than me. Skroo
Friday 24th May
Jude will almost certainly come home this morning in London and we
will probably fly back to Australia on Wednesday night getting in
Her face is improving day by day but still swollen and discoloured and
weeping, The non dissolvable stitches will come out next week.
The subdural bleeding seems to be ok. She has 6 cracked/fractured
vertebrae of which one in her Lumbar region is giving quite a lot of
pain in the back and down one leg. The C5/6 vertebrae requires now a
lesser neck brace. She is getting a back brace for the lumbar /leg
Thanks everyone on Jude’s behalf for your concern