A WIRRAL cyclist has defied all odds – after a serious road incident in which he was hit by a car – by getting back on his bike to celebrate his life.
Richard Avery made a miraculous recovery after being flung 30 metres in the air following a road collision in July last year.
The father-of-six spent several weeks in hospital recovering from severe brain injuries, as well as broken ribs, collar bone and shoulder blade (scapula).
The collision took place when he was cycling on the mini roundabout opposite Clatterbridge Rugby Club.
No charges were brought against the driver.
Richard, 52, from Greasby, said: “I don’t remember the accident or being in hospital, which is a good thing for me but not for my wife Alison.
“I sustained four different brain injuries and broken ribs, collar bone and scapula.
“The ambulance took me to the trauma unit at the Royal Hospital, then I was moved to Walton recovery ward.
“Altogether I spent seven weeks in hospital, and of that nearly four weeks in intensive care.
“Alison was facing the prospect of being a widow of six children.
“She was told that I might never breathe for myself again, and would need years of personal care.
“It was pretty grim, especially in the first week or two.”
Richard spent a further six months learning to walk and complete other every day tasks.
But surprisingly he was able to ride his bike, play the guitar and drive straight away without any difficulty.
His amazing recovery has shocked medical experts, and prompted one to pay him a home visit to proclaim it as a miracle.
Richard added: “I have made a miraculous fight back. Medical experts have been gobsmacked at the rate of my recovery.
“I was back at work within six months and got back on my bike in November.”
Last month he was back in the saddle to ride 100 miles from Wirral to Warwickshire to celebrate his survival.
Richard has also exceeded his £1,000 target and raised £1,134 for the Christian charity he works for, Tearfund.
He added: “The bike ride was to celebrate my ‘against the odds’ recovery, and to raise cash for people who cannot access the wonderful medical help I did.
“The plan was to cycle 100 miles from Greasby to Knowle, West Midlands, and while there give a talk about what happened at an event at the parish church.
“I set off at 5.30am and took the A roads. The ride was going really well and I was ahead of time.
“But after 70 miles I got a slow puncture and had complications with my bike. I decided to stop there otherwise I wouldn’t have made it to the talk in time.
“Tearfund works through churches and Christian agencies and is passionate about ending poverty for the world's poorest communities.
“Our 10-year vision is to see 50million people released from material and spiritual poverty.”
To donate visit Richard’s fundraising page at www.justgiving.com/ Richard-Avery1.