Reigning Bennetts British Superbike Champion Shane Byrne has outlined the extent of the injuries he suffered in a crash at the Snetterton test ten days ago.
The Be Wiser Ducati man fell at turn three and was attended to by marshals and trackside medics for around 15 minutes before being transferred to the medical centre and then Norfolk and Norwich Hospital where he has undergone an operation on his spine.
Byrne remains in hospital after surgeons stabilised his spine and he is now waiting for another operation.
“I have two bruised lungs, all of my ribs fractured, four broken vertabrae, a broken neck in two places, broken sternum, collarbone, multiple other back fractures, fortunately no paralysis which was a big bonus as paralysis was a major issue and concern,” said Byrne.
“The one at question from my surgeon after seeing my X-rays was how on earth are you not paralysed? His operation to fix the back and neck ran obvious risks of paralysis potentially coming back in the mix, fortunately the op went very well.
“I’m now pretty sore and beaten up but a rehab and recovery program always starts the instant a crash ends. It’s a long road ahead but for once I got a great start and can’t thank all of you for your confirmation of support throughout these difficult times.
“There’s so many people to thank, marshals, medics, team members, friends, fans, family, that I really don’t know where to start. A massive shout-out to my amazing wife Petra though, she is my world, my everything and never ever stops being by my side whilst bringing up our children, being a mum to them then running around like a headless chicken after me, thank you all so much for the support.
“See you soon when hopefully I’ll be feeling substantially better than I do right now.”