A cyclist who was nearly killed in a horror hit and runs near the finish line of a charity cycle, has learned to walk again a week after leaving intensive care.
Jean-Pierre De Villiers, 37, from Welton, Northamptonshire, was 800 miles into a 1,000-mile cycling challenge when he declined his bike in Devon.
The car hit Mr. De Villiers with so much force that he went over the car and wedged between a tree and the roadside barrier with his bike broken into pieces.
The driver fled on May 22 and Mr. De Villiers was found by a passerby who heard his screams.
De Villiers, originally from South Africa, had broken bones in both his legs, a broken arm, a perforated intestine and a leak in the lungs.
He spent two weeks in the hospital with various operations before his wife, Jules Cameron De Villiers, filmed him with the help of nurses and a walker.
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Jean-Pierre De Villiers was nearly killed in a horror hit and ran past the finish line of a charity bike ride. He learned to walk again a week after leaving intensive care (photo)
Mr. De Villiers spent two weeks in the hospital with various operations after the incident. Pictured with a therapy dog sitting for the first time in early June
De Villiers, 37, from Welton, Northamptonshire, was 800 miles into a 1000 mile cycling challenge when he was dropped off his bike in North Devon
De Villiers, a South African athlete, suffered two broken legs, a broken arm, a perforated intestine and a leak in the lungs. Depicted in the hospital immediately after the incident
A non-on-duty police officer was the first to find Mr. De Villiers, along with a member of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution who could deliver oxygen.
His wife, Jules Cameron De Villiers, said: “It was such a horrible thing, but at the same time we cannot believe how happy we were.
& # 39; In the beginning I didn't know if he would make it.
& # 39; Doctors said that if he wasn't as fit as he was, maybe he didn't and certainly if he wasn't wearing a helmet, we would tell a completely different story.
& # 39; The crash was so pointless, it almost seemed as if it had happened on purpose. & # 39;
De Villiers had done the cross-country challenge from John O & # 39; Groats in Scotland to Land & # 39; s End in Cornwall.
He spent two days completing a fundraising in honor of the daughter of a friend who died because of a 16-year-old brain tumor.
After the car hit him, another driver saw a vehicle with a broken windshield driving towards her before he saw the broken bicycle and the hearing screams from the side of the road.
Mr. De Villiers was found screaming on the side of the brain and his bike was destroyed
Mr. De Villiers was flown to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth (photo) with various life-threatening injuries after the driver who hit him left the scene
WHAT IS A PERFORATED BAKE?
Bowel perforation is a hole in the wall of the small intestine or colon.
It can be caused by accidents, non-cancer diseases, a tumor growing through the wall of the gut or some chemotherapy treatments.
It must be treated immediately because it can be life threatening.
The small intestine gets partially digested food from the stomach and passes on digested food to the large intestine. The colon is the longest part of the colon.
Food, digestive juices, bacteria or faeces can leak out of the gut hole, which can lead to an infection. This can cause a collection of pus.
Potentially, the infection can invade the blood and cause a widespread infection of the blood, called septic shock, which can lead to sepsis.
De Villiers, a motivational speaker and author, known as JP, was flown to the Derriford Hospital in Plymouth with a life-threatening injury.
He broke his right thigh (thigh bone) and the fibia and tibia in the lower half of his left leg.
Metal plates were placed in his left tibia, a metal bar from his right hip to his knee and two metal plates in his right arm.
The multiple complex operations led Mr. De Villiers to develop a breast infection that caused both breathing problems and an irregular heartbeat.
Because he has punctured his gut and has a serious injury to his stomach, it has been difficult for him to eat and he lost weight during the hospital.
In immeasurable pain and weak due to weight loss, Mr. De Villiers has learned to walk again with the help of physiotherapists.
He has since been transferred to a hospital in Coventry to be closer to his wife and two dogs, Bella and Zeus.
Mrs. De Villiers said: & # 39; My husband is the kind of man who makes an effort to do fun things.
De Villier had placed metal plates in his left tibia, a metal bar from his right hip to his knee and two metal plates in his right arm. Pictured, with staples removed
Wife Jules Cameron De Villiers, 32, said the crash & # 39; meaningless & # 39; used to be. Pictured with Mr. De Villiers in the hospital
It could have been much worse if Mr. De Villiers didn't wear a helmet, doctors said
Mrs. De Villiers filmed her husband walking (pictured) after spending two weeks on intensive care. He is now in a hospital in Coventry to be closer to his wife and dogs
& # 39; JP got a & # 39; n big response on the fundraising page because he does so much work for charity and he always helps people.
& # 39; I found a message on Facebook from a man who said that JP had stopped during the bike challenge to help him repair his car when he broke, that's the kind of man he is.
& # 39; He has had thousands of messages, people told me stories about how he has had a positive effect on them. & # 39;
His family and friends have set up their own GoFundMe page for him to help with rehabilitation.
It destroyed its initial target of £ 20,000 in just a few days and has already reached nearly £ 28,000.
Mrs. De Villiers said: “It was great to see his positive attitude, but it has also been difficult because even getting up is tiring for him and he has lost so much weight.
& # 39; The first time he got up, he realized how long and hard it will learn to walk again.
& # 39; But I have no doubt that JP will use what happened to him as a fuel to inspire more people. & # 39;
Devon Police said that a 69-year-old man from Ilfracombe was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, taking a vehicle without permission, driving while he was disqualified and driving while he was not fit.
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