Better news from Rj Woolsey this morning Clerk of Course at the Tandragee 100
hi everyone, i was at the royal victoria hospital last night to speak with Tony and Geraldine McKeever, the parents of Stephen. Firstly they would like to thank everyone who played their part in the quick response to the incident, Davy Rolson the flag marshall, who had the sense to stop the race immediatly, without questioning. the marshall on the radio, who immediatly called " red flag, joeys dip, medical team immediatly" , and of course the quick response from the medical team.............from the red flag until the medics were at stephen, was less than 90 seconds, and i have no doubt in my mind that, that is what saved this mans life.
Stephen is; "critical but stable condition".
he has a puntured lung, broken vertibrea in his neck, broken vertibrea in his back, broken ribs, a broken leg, severe head injuries.
However, the head injuries which was the biggest concern, due to the helmet coming off on impact,are slowly healing, healing enough to allow doctors to soon operate on his back injuries. we were told last night that he has movement in both his arms and legs. Gerldine says he is a fighter, always at the gym, and keeps himself in good psysical condition, doesnt smoke or anything like that, so all these small things are a big help when recovering with injuries such as this. Mr and Mrs McKeever are two lovely people, they have donated Stephens entry to the injured riders welfare fund, they have also said that they do not blame the club in any way, and that they will eventually, individually thank everyone who played their part to help Stephen.
Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take but by the moments that take your breath away!