Injured Huddersfield cyclist John Radford 'may be in a coma for six months’

A veteran cyclist badly hurt four weeks ago remains in a coma in hospital

John Radford of Meltham
John Radford of Meltham

A veteran cyclist badly hurt four weeks ago remains in a coma in hospital.

But the family of campaigning bike rider John Radford are remaining positive.

Mr Radford, 69, has been moved out of a hospital’s high-dependency unit.

And one of his daughters said: “We’re taking things day by day”.

Emma Boyes said: “The doctors have told us he could be in this coma for another six months, no-one knows.

“But we are seizing on lots of little positive things and keeping hopeful.

“He has opened his eyes, although he is still in the coma, and we have seen him react to things the doctors have done.”

Mr Radford, chairman of Huddersfield and District Cyclists’ Touring Club, was injured after an incident involving a car in Huddersfield Road, New Mill, on July 31.

He was not wearing a cycle helmet and suffered serious head and neck injuries.

He was airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Two men aged 21 and 43 were arrested in connection with the incident and remain on police bail pending further inquiries.

Daughters Emma, 33, and Helen Gorman, 31, organised a mass cycle ride with keen cyclist and Mayor of Kirklees Martyn Bolt earlier this month to show support for their father.

They and their friends also raised £1,500 which was handed over to the Air Ambulance yesterday.

Emma said: “He wore a helmet when he was on his mountain bike but not when he was on the road. He said it disorientated him and meant he could not hear the traffic.

“He is from that generation of cyclists from 50 years ago who never wore helmets. I often told him he was probably safer on the trails than on the roads and I urge all cyclists to wear a helmet.

“The doctors have said it may have eased some of the injuries but he did suffer a fractured neck and no helmet would have stopped that.

“We are just so glad the Air Ambulance got him to hospital so quickly or I am sure he would not be with us today.

“The ride we held a few weeks ago, plus other donations, has helped us raise £1,500 for the Air Ambulance and we will continue to help them. We now know how vital the service is.”

 

Mr Radford is now on a neurological ward at Leeds General Infirmary and is able to breathe by himself with extra oxygen, although doctors have performed a tracheotomy to help him.

He seems to have lost sensations down his right side but has moved his left arm and foot in response to stimulation.

His daughter said: “The accident was four weeks ago and signs of progress have been slow but we are hopeful.

“The doctors have said he could be like this for months before he wakes up and then no-one knows how he will be.

“If someone said in six months he could stand up, then we could have something to focus on. As it is, it’s not like a broken leg which you know will heal in time; it’s a questions of waiting to see how he comes out of this and we hope he has a quality of life.”

 
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