A cycle along the train tracks almost cost Peter his life. After 17 surgeries and 125 blood transfusions, he fought his way back. “I would not be here without all of those donors."
A cycle along the train tracks almost cost Peter his life. After 17 surgeries and 125 blood transfusions, he fought his way back. "I would not be here without all of those donors."
Innocent bike ride
After a night out, his friend suggests biking back home along the train tracks. Peter is cycling on one side, his friend on the other. A short while later, a train thunders past. Peter is hit, and dragged along at full speed.
The physical damage is immense. A broken pelvis, major concussion, broken knee, torn ligaments in the other knee, torn vertebrae, a chunk missing from his left thigh, a torn urethra and deep cut in his buttock.
Perseverance and donor blood
The first surgery lasts 12 hours, and Peter is given large amounts of blood. The doctors do not know if he will make it. But Peter is a fighter. He remains in the hospital for exactly 111 days. Then the long road to rehabilitation begins.
Years later, a mangled lower leg and a brace around his ankle remind him of his accident. Because his knees are too weak for 'normal' sports, he has become a fanatic wheelchair tennis player. "Pretty much the only sport I didn't used to do: tennis!" laughs Peter.
Peter has become more positive since the accident. 'I had gone through a period of depression before the accident. Sometimes I used to think: I don't want this any more. Now I can put things into perspective and enjoy what I have more. The years of life I have been granted are a blessing."