A SCARBOROUGH cyclist who broke his back in a collision with a car has spoken of his ordeal from his hospital bed.
Adam Tilley, 31, of Chantry Road, East Ayton, was on a leisurely ride through Hutton Buscel.
Mr Tilley, who works at the Tesco store in Castle Road, Scarborough, is now facing a two-month stint in hospital while he recovers.
Speaking to the Evening News from hospital in Hull yesterday, the former Raincliffe School pupil said: “If I’d hit my head with the same force as my back, I would have been killed, no question. The doctor told me he was surprised I wasn’t paralysed.”
Tests were carried out at the scene of the accident on Sunday before he was taken to Scarborough Hospital. He was later transferred to Hull Royal Infirmary.
Doctors have told him that they are unable to operate on his back, with prolonged bed rest the only thing that can heal him.
Mr Tilley has been flooded with dozens of messages of support from well-wishers including his work colleagues. Team leader Emma Simpson said: “He’s only been off for a couple of days and we’re missing him already.
“He’s such a bubbly and lovely member of the team.”
Mr Tilley said the messages have been a big help as he begins his long rehabilitation, adding: “All my friends have really rallied round me.
“I just want to say a big thank you to my mate Anthony Dean, who was riding with me when I had the accident.
“He’s been a big help, as have the hospital staff who have been fantastic.”
Now, Mr Tilley, whom colleagues have dubbed a “Disney fanatic”, is targeting a recovery in time for his pre-booked holiday to Florida in May.