Deiniolen 'miracle man' back on his bike
13 June 2014 |
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Dylan Lewis with friend Dewi Gibson.
THE Deiniolen “miracle man” will mark two years since a life-changing motorcycle accident this weekend by pitting himself against one of the area’s toughest bicycle rides.
Dylan Lewis, aged 40, defied doctors by taking part in the Deiniolen 10k event in June 2013, twelve months after surviving a horrific motorcycle accident.
The father-of-four suffered a broken back, broken arms, broken legs, pelvis and ribs and suffered a collapsed and punctured lung in an accident on the way home from work in Llanberis.
The collision left Dylan with such bad injuries that doctors placed him in a medically induced coma for eight weeks as they battled to save his life.
Having come through the hospital ordeal, Dylan is aiming to raise £500 this weekend for the Ysbyty Gwynedd accident and emergency unit by taking on the gruelling 43-mile Etape Eryri bike ride which spans some of Gwynedd’s most testing roads.
Wife, Sioned Lewis said: “Doctors who operated on him and nurses are going to be on the finish line. They can’t believe he’s still here, never mind cycling this race.
“The nurses had given up on him, but one of them said, ‘no, use the shock one more time’.
"I think if it wasn’t for that nurse, he might have been six feet under by now.
“People are saying, Dyl’s doing fantastic and physically he is, but mentally it’s not that simple.
"He’ll never tell people he’s disabled but we know that we’re lucky that he survived.”
Dylan has trained for the event over the last six months with friends Dewi Gibson, and Gerallt and Howyn Roberts.
Despite breaking through the pain barrier for the event, Dylan’s recovery is by no means over, with weekly visits to the brain injury clinic still being made and further operations on his pelvis and arm on the horizon.
Sioned added: “Training has gone pretty well. They’ve been going every weekend for miles and miles, and if he’s tired they’ll stop by him.
"If it wasn’t for his friends, Dylan wouldn’t be doing this. Dyl’s pretty chuffed that they’ve stuck by him.
“He’s come along physically but he’s constantly in pain.
"After being on the bike, he’s home all day the next day and he can’t move, but he is determined to do it.
“What he’ll target next year, I’m just not going to ask!”
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