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Thursday, February 03, 2005

Cycling Accidents

My friend David Lim had a cycling accident on 7 November 2004. He was riding with Anthony Farrugia in Akuna Bay and was descending on a left to right hill. According to Anthony, Lim lost control of his bicycle and ploughed head first into a sandstone rock face. His helmet split in 2 and he had blood in his mouth. 2 ambulances attended the scene however he had to be air lifted to the Royal North Shore Hospital.
I found out the news when Nat and I were driving up the Gore Hill Highway on the way to lunch. Dominic from the bike shop called me with the news and I immediately turned off to head to the hospital. I tried to reach Lim's family and girlfriend Jane with not much success. After what seemed like hours, I managed to get in touch with Lim's brother Daniel and got some information from him to complete the admission forms. Nat and I then waited for Lim's family to arrive.
Lim had 2 operations that afternoon and night. The first I think was exploratory in nature. The doctor's prognosis was disturbing. She told us that Lim's brain and swelled up to 3 times its normal size. He would need an operation to remove the front part of his skull (including the temple) to allow the brain to swell. She told us that the there was a slight chance that Lim may not survive the operation and that if he did, he would not be the same person we all knew.
Lim ultimately survived the operation and was in an induced coma for approximately 3-4 weeks. He is awake now and in a rehabilitation centre. He has full control of his movements but less control over his thoughts and memories but that will come back with time.
His family and girlfriend are handling it as well as can be expected. Its going to take a while to recover but I think he will come back in time.

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