Bury St Edmunds: Biker on the mend
A MOTORCYCLIST who was given just a 10% chance of survival after an horrific accident is due to be released from hospital.
Neil Aldous, of Tayfen Road, Bury St Edmunds, has undergone months of rehabilitation and surgery after losing his leg as a result of the head-on collision in Westley Lane, in March.
As reported in the East Anglian Daily Times, the wheelchair-bound 45-year-old also faced another battle to find suitable disabled accommodation, fearing he would be forced to sleep on a hospital bed in a hallway of his narrow Orwell Housing-owned home.
But Mr Aldous and his wife Carol have now been told they will be able to move into a bungalow in nearby Priors Avenue just days after the injured biker is released from Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, on August 20.
Mrs Aldous, 53, a cleaner, said: “It is fantastic. I am so relieved that we have somewhere to go.
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“We are in a lot better position than I thought we would be at this stage.
“I just want to say thank-you to everyone who has helped, including the East Anglian Daily Times.
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“I’m just so glad he’s now got somewhere to come back to.”
The new address, which is currently being prepared for the family, will also mean that Mrs Aldous’s teenage children James, 13, and Laura, 15, can still attend their current school.
Mrs Aldous said: “I am getting a bit stressed trying to get everything ready for when he comes home.
“We didn’t think it would be so soon and I don’t like the idea of him returning with all our things in boxes – there will be even less room.”
Mr Aldous’s release date has also been brought forward after doctors judged nerve damage in his left arm was repairing naturally and did not require another operation.
The Calor Gas worker, who was impaled in the accident, had his left leg amputated at the hip and suffered broken ribs.
He also suffered a punctured lung, a leg fracture, damage to his pelvis, spleen and kidneys, and faces spending the rest of his life in a wheelchair.
Doctors who worked to save him used 81 pints of blood during his treatment.
A spokeswoman for St Edmundsbury Borough Council said they were pleased to assist Mr Aldous’s family.
“We are very pleased that suitable accommodation became available for Mr Aldous,” she said.
“There is a shortage of social housing which has been adapted for people with disabilities, particularly larger bungalows.
“We would urge anyone living in this type of home who no longer needs it, to contact us so it can be allocated to someone who does.”