Schoolboy biker recovering from horrific Chorley smash in warning to other riders

Schoolboy biker recovering from horrific Chorley smash in warning to other riders

INJURIES The scars of one of the operations

WARNING Matthew Hansford with mum Alison

First published in News Chorley Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A SCHOOLBOY, recovering from horrific injuries after crashing his motorcycle, has warned other young bikers to take care on the roads.

Matthew Hansford, 16, from Brinscall, was given just a two per cent chance of survival by surgeons after colliding with a telegraph pole after swerving to avoid a fox.

The incident, in which no other vehicle was involved, happened on Blackburn Brow, Chorley, on November 1, just 10 days after Matthew’s 16th birthday, the day he bought the 50cc scooter.

He was given 37 pints of blood and spent time on a life support machine after suffering a collapsed lung, heart damage, torn kidneys and fractured ribs.

After several operations and more than three weeks in a critical condition, Matthew began to improve and is now at home making a slow recovery.

He said: “It’s difficult but I’m getting better little by little. I can’t walk unaided for any distance and I still have blood clot issues in my heart area.

“The main thing is I’m still here and I’m determined to get better.”

Matthew, who is a year 11 pupil at Moor Hey school in Preston had completed a computer-based learning course on riding motorcycles prior to venturing onto the road.

He also made sure he was wearing the correct protective clothing.

“Wearing a proper bike jacket and helmet definitely saved my life,” he said.

“I wouldn’t put anyone of getting a bike but I would say get the safest clothing and equipment and never mess around or take risks.”

Matthew’s mum Alison, who represents Wheelton and Withnell as a borough councillor, is now helping her son recover, along with dad Steve and sister, Victoria, 17.

Mrs Hansford said: “At one stage we thought Matthew’s chances were very slim. But typically for him, he thought of others and before one of the operations he told me about his donor card and his wishes should the worst happen.

“The surgeon said his young age helped him survive and we’re just all so relieved that he’s improving.”

Incredibly Matthew, has said he wants to return to motorcycles and join the British Legion Riders, a group who attend military funerals and repatriations.

“It’s something very important to me. In fact one the first rides I did between my birthday and the accident was the Poppy Appeal launch between Blackburn and Manchester.”

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11:52am Wed 8 Feb 12

louderfasterlonger says...

You were probably mature beyond your years in wearing the correct clothing. Every summer we see kids tearing about on mopeds done up to look like drag bikes, wearing t-shirt and trainers.
Don't get me wrong, I like to see them enjoy themselves, but sometimes cringe at their manouevres.
I don't suggest you are one of those, and commend your warning to your peers.... you've been dealt a very harsh lesson and I wish you a speedy recovery.
You were probably mature beyond your years in wearing the correct clothing. Every summer we see kids tearing about on mopeds done up to look like drag bikes, wearing t-shirt and trainers. Don't get me wrong, I like to see them enjoy themselves, but sometimes cringe at their manouevres. I don't suggest you are one of those, and commend your warning to your peers.... you've been dealt a very harsh lesson and I wish you a speedy recovery. louderfasterlonger
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7:18pm Wed 8 Feb 12

Keep Darwen Green says...

Obviously another under 25 year old statistic as is the 20 year old in horwich who killed two friends with his illegal manouvre. When are people going to realise that under 25's brains are not mature enough to operate a motor vehicle of any kind. All under 25's should not be allowed to drive on the roads and should use public transport. Problem solved, until then, keep burying yer offspring.
Obviously another under 25 year old statistic as is the 20 year old in horwich who killed two friends with his illegal manouvre. When are people going to realise that under 25's brains are not mature enough to operate a motor vehicle of any kind. All under 25's should not be allowed to drive on the roads and should use public transport. Problem solved, until then, keep burying yer offspring. Keep Darwen Green
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7:59pm Wed 8 Feb 12

Chris P Bacon says...

Keep Darwen Green wrote:
Obviously another under 25 year old statistic as is the 20 year old in horwich who killed two friends with his illegal manouvre. When are people going to realise that under 25's brains are not mature enough to operate a motor vehicle of any kind. All under 25's should not be allowed to drive on the roads and should use public transport. Problem solved, until then, keep burying yer offspring.
Yet another example of the knee-jerk, know-nowt idiocy from the prince/ss of stupidity there.

That 'mental'ity would ensure children don't go anywhere near pianos until they can play them properly.
[quote][p][bold]Keep Darwen Green[/bold] wrote: Obviously another under 25 year old statistic as is the 20 year old in horwich who killed two friends with his illegal manouvre. When are people going to realise that under 25's brains are not mature enough to operate a motor vehicle of any kind. All under 25's should not be allowed to drive on the roads and should use public transport. Problem solved, until then, keep burying yer offspring.[/p][/quote]Yet another example of the knee-jerk, know-nowt idiocy from the prince/ss of stupidity there. That 'mental'ity would ensure children don't go anywhere near pianos until they can play them properly. Chris P Bacon
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9:00pm Wed 8 Feb 12

Keep Darwen Green says...

Chris P Bacon wrote:
Keep Darwen Green wrote:
Obviously another under 25 year old statistic as is the 20 year old in horwich who killed two friends with his illegal manouvre. When are people going to realise that under 25's brains are not mature enough to operate a motor vehicle of any kind. All under 25's should not be allowed to drive on the roads and should use public transport. Problem solved, until then, keep burying yer offspring.
Yet another example of the knee-jerk, know-nowt idiocy from the prince/ss of stupidity there.

That 'mental'ity would ensure children don't go anywhere near pianos until they can play them properly.
Hello my little pot bellied porko, as i say, keep burying yer offspring unless of course you haven't sired any yet to feed to the crematorium. It is a very hungry beast y'know.
[quote][p][bold]Chris P Bacon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Keep Darwen Green[/bold] wrote: Obviously another under 25 year old statistic as is the 20 year old in horwich who killed two friends with his illegal manouvre. When are people going to realise that under 25's brains are not mature enough to operate a motor vehicle of any kind. All under 25's should not be allowed to drive on the roads and should use public transport. Problem solved, until then, keep burying yer offspring.[/p][/quote]Yet another example of the knee-jerk, know-nowt idiocy from the prince/ss of stupidity there. That 'mental'ity would ensure children don't go anywhere near pianos until they can play them properly.[/p][/quote]Hello my little pot bellied porko, as i say, keep burying yer offspring unless of course you haven't sired any yet to feed to the crematorium. It is a very hungry beast y'know. Keep Darwen Green
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11:48pm Sat 18 Feb 12

White Eagle says...

It is a sad day for this young lad, hope he recovers soon.
Today's road are very dangerous more so for Push bike riders. I believe that bike riders should learn the Highway Code just as Motor Bikers and the 4 wheel varieties.
People riding bikes are no different to any other form of vehicle driver, they should have a licence & Insurance to drive push bikes on main roads.
It is a sad day for this young lad, hope he recovers soon. Today's road are very dangerous more so for Push bike riders. I believe that bike riders should learn the Highway Code just as Motor Bikers and the 4 wheel varieties. People riding bikes are no different to any other form of vehicle driver, they should have a licence & Insurance to drive push bikes on main roads. White Eagle
  • Score: 1

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