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Big hug for horror crash rider as he's allowed home

By Lesley Houston

Published 02/07/2015

Stephen Thompson receives a hug from one of his daughters after being released from hospital temporarily
Stephen Thompson receives a hug from one of his daughters after being released from hospital temporarily
The scene of the accident in which Stephen Thompson was badly injured

A motorcyclist badly injured in a racing accident at this year's North West 200 went home yesterday for the first time in two months.

Crumlin rider Stephen Thompson (39) paid a brief visit to his home, the first since the horror crash on May 16 in which spectator Violet McAfee (44) was also badly hurt.

Stephen was one of three racers who crashed in the incident during the event's opening race.

He suffered serious injuries.

A father of two girls, Stephen got home yesterday for a couple of hours by permission of his medical team, who have been leading his rehabilitation since he came off his machine.

He has been treated at the Royal Victoria and Musgrave Park Hospitals, where he has been undergoing physiotherapy for severe fractures to an arm, which caused nerve damage, and a broken leg, requiring pins and a protective cage.

Yesterday's visit came ahead of another this weekend for a special family occasion, a dream he is understood to have held on to since the accident.

On his Facebook page, his partner Charlotte Pullen wrote that his daughters were "over the moon to see him home" during what was an emotional visit to assess the suitability of the house before his eventual release from hospital.

"Stephen is a long way from home just yet, but today was a small step further," Charlotte said yesterday.

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