Charity bike ride spurs on West Suffolk Hospital worker injured in horrific crash

Emma Blizard ANL-160315-151858001
Emma Blizard ANL-160315-151858001
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A motorcyclist who had to ‘learn to walk again’ after a horrific accident aims to take part in a charity bike ride as a thank you to hospital staff.

Emma Blizard suffered a punctured lung and breaks to her leg, arm and ribs when she was involved in a collision with a car in Stanton in October.

The 37-year-old wants to give something back for the care she received at West Suffolk Hospital and has signed up for its fund-raising cycle event West Suffolk Spin on May 29.

Miss Blizard, who is a senior information analyst at the hospital, said the cycle ride has given her ‘something to focus on’.

She said: “Everyone at West Suffolk Hospital was just amazing – they made an awful situation bearable. I couldn’t believe the level of care and the personal touch they gave to patients. It might seem a small thing but I wasn’t able to wash my hair for a couple of weeks. So when she wasn’t busy, one of the nurses did it for me. It meant so much.”

She remains on crutches and had to have a 30cm metal rod placed in her thigh and knee cap.

Recalling the accident, Miss Blizard said: “I remember feeling very frightened. The breaks were so bad that I remember not being able to breathe because of the punctured lung. I started to really panic. The recovery has been slow but I do feel fortunate.

“It might sound a little over the top, but I literally had to learn to walk again.”

The Diss resident added: “I’ve two best friends, Sharon Lakey and Victoria Tatham, who will be doing the Spin with me. I’m doing all I can to make sure I’m ready, but they have said that if I can’t ride, I can join them on a tandem.”

Spin participants can choose one of six areas of the hospital to support. Visit www.wsh.nhs.uk/Spin