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Thanks for all the prayers, says mum hurt in North West 200 race crash

By Staff Reporter

Published 21/05/2015

Violet McAfee in her hospital bed after being injured in the accident
Violet McAfee in her hospital bed after being injured in the accident

The woman seriously injured in an horrific crash at the North West 200 on Saturday has thanked everyone who prayed for her recovery.

Now sitting up in her Royal Victoria Hospital bed, Violet McAfee is sporting a black eye - but still managed to smile for the camera.

What is less visible is the 44-year-old's severely fractured left leg and a hairline fracture to the skull.

And there was more good news after it emerged that Co Antrim road racer Stephen Thompson is recovering well.

Last night the Rev John Kirkpatrick of Portrush Presbyterian Church posted the picture of Violet on Facebook, along with a message of thanks.

"Time to give thanks to God for his kindness in answer to the many, many prayers," the minister wrote. "Violet McAfee wants to thank you for your prayers for her when she was injured at the race.

"But we keep praying for a full recovery - she has some more treatment to come - and remember Stephen Thompson as he too remains in RVH."

The injured woman is a civil servant and mother of a 19-year-old son Jim. She was enjoying the superstock race in her friend's front garden in Portstewart on Saturday morning when the crash occurred between the York Corner and Mill Road roundabout on the second lap.

Earlier this week Violet's mother Kathleen told the Belfast Telegraph that her daughter was "some woman" as she recuperated. She also revealed that Violet did not want the road races banned over safety concerns. Meanwhile, things are looking up for 37-year-old Crumlin racer Mr Thompson - one of three riders involved in the crash that sent one bike flying through the air and into the garden where Ms McAfee was watching Saturday's first race with her boyfriend.

A statement on the International North West 200 Facebook page said: "More great news!

"Stephen Thompson has been moved out of an intensive care unit into a private room on a normal ward. While he's still not well enough for visitors due to the risk of infection, it's a positive step towards his recovery."

Race director Mervyn Whyte has promised a full and speedy investigation into the crash.

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