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Motorcycle racer Aaron Clifford wakes from coma after six weeks




A teenage rider has woken from his coma six weeks after the crash at Snetterton Circuit.

Aaron Clifford was in an accident involving two other riders during the warm-up lap of a National STK600 race at Snetterton Circuit on Sunday, July 21.

The 19-year-old Irish rider was placed into a medically-induced coma and was then airlifted to Addensbrooke’s Hospital.

Aaron Clifford was seriously injured in a crash at Snetterton Circuit. Picture: Round 5, ViSK British Superbike Championship 2009 by Andy Payton/PSP.
Aaron Clifford was seriously injured in a crash at Snetterton Circuit. Picture: Round 5, ViSK British Superbike Championship 2009 by Andy Payton/PSP.

His injuries included a serious head injury, two broken cheek bones, a collapsed left lung, broken sternum, multiple broken ribs, broken wrists and right arm, shattered left femur, broken neck and dislocated pelvis.

In the last week the teen, from Duleek, has had surgeries on his femur and both arms, which his family have said went well.

Since being taken off ECMO [specialised life support system], Mr Clifford has been moved back to the Neurosciences Critical Care Unit at Addenbrooke's Hospital.

Despite showing signs of recovery, he remains in a critical condition.

In a statement the family said: "Aaron has been doing reasonably well but is still very much in a critical condition. He still requires full support by the ventilator but has been requiring less oxygen."

"He is awake now a lot of the time but he doesn’t recognize us or know what’s going on yet, he has had moments where he seems more alert but nothing definitive."

A Go Fund Me page has been set up to raise £18,500 for the teen’s medical expenses, which by now has far surpassed the target.

The family has decided to donate 10 per cent of the donations to the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

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The statement added: "The support for Aaron has been incredible and it blows us away everyday. Thank you all.

"All the nurses, doctors and staff in both Royal Papworth and Addenbrooke's Hospital have been incredible so far, we thank them all."



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