NW200 crash biker Stephen Thompson 'can't wait to get back racing'
A rider who cheated death in a crash at the North West 200 two months ago has vowed to battle back to fitness and get on his motorcycle to race again.
Stephen Thompson from Crumlin, Co Antrim, was left critically ill following the accident May 16.
The 38-year-old was initially taken to the Causeway Hospital close to the race course before being transferred to the Royal Victoria Hospital for specialist treatment where he is now recovering.
Mr Thompson broke his silence on his Facebook page to reveal he is still in hospital and expects to remain for a number of weeks.
He said his broken bones were healing, but that his recuperation will take a long time.
"I would like start by thanking doctors, nurses, surgeons, family and friends for getting me to the stage that I'm at," he said.
"I have broken a lot of bones etc and they are healing up. But my main concern is I have no feeling in my arm at all.
"I am hopeful something can be done about it but it's going to take a long time."
Mr Thompson also revealed that he is raring to get back on his bike, but conceded his injuries will still take some time to heal.
"I'm lying here thinking all I want is my old life back again - going to work, racing my bike and back home to my family - and I would be very happy," he said.
"I'm still going to be in hospital for a few weeks yet with doing physio every day and I have a few wounds that need treated every other day.
"But I'm very thankful to be here as I know things were not good for me. But thanks again to everyone who cared."
A second rider involved with the crash, Austrian Horst Saiger, suffered only minor injuries.
English competitor Dean Harrison was also involved in the collision but escaped without serious injury.
Spectator Violet McAfee (44) was hit by one of the bikes involved during the same incident as she watched the race from the garden of a friend's house.
She was taken to the RVH by helicopter with serious head and leg injuries, but is also now on the road to recovery.
Ms McAfee described the accident of "just one of those freak things". She said she could not remember the crash but vowed it would not put her off watching the race live on the course again.