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North West 200 rider loses arm due to crash injuries.

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Motorcyle rider Stephen Thompson, from Crumlin in County Antrim has lost his arm as a result of the injuries he sustained in a horrific crash during this year’s North West 200 races.

In a statement, Stephen’s family said: “When Stephen had his accident he suffered a lot of injuries his arm being one of the worst, he had the brachial plexus injury and a bad break in the forearm but lots of trauma to the arm.”

“He has had lots of problems with the arm since that day.”

“We went to the Ulster Hospital last Wednesday for a consultation what we thought for a skin graft and they weren’t happy with it so they admitted him with a view to operate on him immediately.”

“He had an operation on his arm on the Thursday as they needed all the surgeons involved the prognosis wasn’t good and the surgeon didn’t give us good news that night.”

“They scheduled him in on Saturday for another operation on the arm but unfortunately that didn’t go well either Stephens arm suffered so much trauma in the accident and the forearm was suffering from muscle wastage and other problem with blood supply.”

“The surgeons explained to us that it was infected and if they didn’t act soon it could be a worse situation than we were in. Stephen had to make a life changing decision either to lose the lower part of his arm or we could lose him.”

“Stephen made this decision on Sunday after speaking to the surgeons and today the operation was scheduled in. Stephen has come through today’s surgery well and today is the start of the road to recovery.”

“Thank you for all your continued support and prayers it means a lot to us all especially to Stephen.”

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