Doctors hail James Cracknell's "exceptional" recovery

Former Olympic rower walking round hospital unaided two weeks after horror crash

by Simon_MacMichael   August 5, 2010  

James Cracknell race across America

Former Olympic rower James Cracknell has astonished doctors in the United States with the speed his recovery from injuries received when he was hit from behind by a truck in Arizona a fortnight ago.

Last week, we reported that Cracknell’s wife Beverley Turner had revealed that it could be six months before her husband recovered from his injuries, including brain damage, sustained in the accident on 20 July near Winslow, Arizona as he filmed a documentary charting his attempt to travel from coast to coast by cycling, rowing, running and swimming.

The Daily Telegraph, for which both Turner and Cracknell are columnists, says that he is now walking around the hospital unaided, in contrast to last week when he was not able to sit up in bed or open his eyes. Cracknell is reportedly still confused, agitated and suffering from anmnesia, reports the newspaper, but it adds that doctors at the Rehabilitation Institute at the Phoenix Hospital, where he was previously in the Neuro-trauma recovery ward, have described his recuperation as “exceptional.”

Turner told The Daily Telegraph: “James has amazed the doctors with his physical progress. Since starting to walk with minimal assistance three days ago, he now spends hour after hour doing slow laps of the ward.”

She continued: "The nurses are charmed by his English manners but confess to never having seen a patient cover so many miles in one corridor.”

However, Turner acknowledged that her husband was still in the early stages of recovery, saying: “Despite the huge steps forward, my husband still has some way to go until he is back to his old self, but if anyone has the focus and drive to meet the challenges ahead, it is James.”

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Get well soon!

posted by SimpleSimon [116 posts]
5th August 2010 - 15:27

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When the going gets tough, the TOUGH get going !
Great to hear that JC's progress is rapid but there will be many challenges to overcome along the way.

His wife must be relieved that he is out of danger but concerned about the "Drive" that has taken over and the restlessness that comes with it.

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posted by skippy [409 posts]
6th August 2010 - 15:14


Fantastic news, I'm delighted to hear this. Excellent start to the weekend. Go J Cracknell.


posted by richardelliott [26 posts]
6th August 2010 - 15:22

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Best of luck to him, sounds like one tough guy. We could use more like him on the roads.

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posted by thelonerider [10 posts]
8th August 2010 - 16:20

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Hope he recovers!

I like my bike but it needs a hidden 25cc motor Smile

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posted by Fish_n_Chips [380 posts]
9th August 2010 - 19:01