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Ryan Farquhar discovers both his feet are broken five months after race crash

By Allan Preston

Published 15/10/2016

Ryan Farquhar with his wife Karen by his bedside as he recovers from his North West 200 race crash
Ryan Farquhar with his wife Karen by his bedside as he recovers from his North West 200 race crash
The North West 200 crash

Motorbike star Ryan Farquhar has revealed he is suffering from two broken feet - five months after a high-speed smash that nearly claimed his life at the North West 200.

The recovering Dungannon racing ace posted two X-rays on Twitter showing his injured feet.

"MRI scan showing I was right all along, both feet broken. Only took five months to find out. Have to wait another eight weeks to get more scans," he posted.

The 40-year-old suffered six broken ribs, a punctured lung, internal bleeding and a lacerated liver after coming off his bike at high speed at Dhu Varren.

He was rushed by police helicopter to intensive care in Belfast where he lost three stone in his two-month recovery.

Yesterday he told the Belfast Telegraph that his recovery had been "torture" at times, but he was thankful to be alive.

"When I was in hospital I knew I had a problem with both my feet, they were badly swollen. They found two broken bones in my left foot, but nothing was found in my right foot," he said.

An MRI scan in Musgrave Hospital on Thursday revealed the "obvious", his right foot still had a broken bone.

"It's still giving me a bit of bother but it's getting better," he said.

"Out of all my injuries my left ankle is giving me the most problems. There could be an hour and it's not too bad, and then there can be a crunching noise from the joint and it would put you mad with the pain.

"I'm on pain killers from that so it would be good to get it sorted out. It's just not worth the agony and it's torture."

Having enjoyed keeping fit before the crash with jogging, cycling and swimming, he admits taking it slow is tough.

"I've probably never been as unfit as I am now and in as bad a shape. At the same time I'm lucky to be living and have to be thankful for that," he said.

Looking to the future Farquhar said he would be "honest" about his chances of returning to the race track.

"Whether I'm ever fit enough to ride a motorcycle again I just don't know," he said.

"That addiction of adrenaline, there's nothing else like it really. But at the same time I'll be honest with myself. If I feel I'm fit enough to get back on the bike and withstand a small crash I probably will do it again.

"But I also have to think of other riders. If I get fatigued and make a mistake I can't be in a position to put their lives at risk."

Praising the support of his wife Karen, he said: "At the lowest point the only thing I was fit to do was brush my teeth, everything else she had to do for me.

"For a while I didn't have the strength even to feed myself. She has been through a lot, it makes me think it's not fair to put them through that again."

He added: "But it's a long way off before I would ever ride a bike again. Even if I did get my fitness back I would have to talk to her about the good and bad sides of the sport. I've been very close to dying so I'll just have to see how it goes."

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