Mel Pocock Injury – Updated
Mel Pocock had a horrific injury at the first round of the British Championship, losing part of his thumb and lacerating his arm. He was hit by another rider’s bike on the first lap of race one, the race was red flagged but many people are not happy with how the situation was handled. Reports from the event indicate there was no doctor and no pain relief on the medical team, thankfully a doctor was in the crowd who was able to attend to Mel. GateDrop would like to wish Mel Pocock a full and speedy recovery!
Wednesday 1 April
Mel is still making good progress with his hand, and seems positive about getting back on a bike!
Dressing change and a tonne of stitches out today ! One step closer 😊 missing riding already can't wait to ride again !
Friday 27th March
Mel posted this photo of his hand today!
Well then Monday's operation went to plan. I've got through over 30 hours op time with no hold ups what's amazing. They…
Friday 20th March
Mel wrote this on his facebook.
“Had my third operation this afternoon. They have done further work on my forearm by partially closing the cut on it and they have fitted a custom splint and set my hand in a more comfortable position. I have also got a new pump in my wrist draining fluids, all in preparation for my op on Monday. Thank you again for all the support, I will be ok.”
Wednesday 18th March
Good news today I have got good feeling through all 4 of my finger tips and small movement…even feel movement in my stumpy thumb. Unreal considering how smashed my hand was
Steve Dixon posted this latest update on Mel late last night, it’s not nice reading:
Update 3, Mel had a 6 hour operation on the bones in the back of his hand, it was very crushed and many small broken pieces, also the surgeons had to operate on the arm to relieve the damage. A further 8 hours of surgery including skin graft and muscle structure is planned for Monday, we can only pray Mels strength and determination shown on the track will get him though this traumatic time. In all my years of GP’s with so many injured riders I have never Seen such horrific damage, after a career best 6th overall last week in the GP to this injury is cruel injustice.
Mel Pocock took to Facebook yesterday (16th March) to let everyone know how he is doing and the unnecessary ordeal he went through yesterday trying to save his hand:
“Really hope riders – team managers – public get behind us . When will Brian Higgins bring a professional race to a professional track ? I fought to keep my hand yesterday on my body with help from awesome public stood in the Crowd ! This is so unfair. I’ve had two opp s already and 4 or 5 To go in the next week. What I seen will haunt me for rest my life . So thank u for every one helping me”
Steve Dixon, Team Manager of DRT Kawasaki, posted the following update on facebook this morning (Monday 16th March).
“First surgery at 3am this morning to straighten Mels hand went well, surgeons meet at 9am to discuss next operation at 12 noon, Mel now remembers what happened, the bike next to him pitched up in the air and the bottom of his sprocket came down on Mel like a chainsaw, he actually was still on the bike, he is with the top surgeon who know he’s a top sportsperson.”
Steve also posted this earlier update last night (Sunday 15th March).
“Not good news at the moment with Mel. A rider crashed in front of Mel whilst Mel was committed to the corner. It looks like the rear sprocket or handgaurd has lacerated his arm badly and he has lost the top of his right thumb at the knuckle. It’s not pretty and we are all in deep shock at the moment, let’s all wish the surgeons can do a great job, we are in touch with top people but at the moment he needs to be stabilised and we await the doctors news. Our hearts go out to Mel and his family who as you know have had enough injuries with Brad Pocock. Will try to keep everyone updated as we hear from his family.”