Thanks for Borders crew after horror bike crash

Mountain Bike

David Turpin, of Gateshead, was visiting Scotland and out cycling on the Glentress Mountain Bike Trail, south of Edinburgh, on August 13 when he came off his bike.

Immediately after the accident, the 47-year-old could not move. He ended up breaking five ribs and also punctured his lung.

He spent five days in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary before returning south of the border, where he continues his recovery.

The 47-year-old wanted to thank Rhona Clement and Mary Griffin, both technicians at Penicuik Ambulance Station, alongside Air Ambulance Paramedic, Alistair Daw, of SCAA (Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance)

David, who was transported to hospital via the Penicuik crew, said: “I want to pass on my heartfelt thanks to the SAS staff for rescuing me. I had come off my mountain bike, damaging my back and could not move.

“I broke five ribs, one of them in three places and displaced them. I also have a punctured lung. I spent five days in hospital in lots of pain but I am now back in Gateshead at home recovering.

“If it had not been for the Scottish Ambulance Service, and the many kind members of the public, I do not know what I would have done.

“I possibly would have tried to move and caused further damage. The service and all staff are fantastic and so reassuring. I also apologise for swearing in the ambulance.

“Thank you so much for everything. There are so many people to thank and it is difficult to know where to start.”

Posted on 01/09/2021