Stuart Easton is continuing to impress medical staff with his recovery just three months after the horrendous injuries sustained at the North West 200. The Scotsman crashed during practice, injuring his femur, pelvis, bowel and hands and has been spending time at the Edinburgh's Royal Hospital.
Easton is now recuperating at his Hawick home and is able to move freely without the aid of crutches, albeit with a slight limp.
“I'm due back for an x-ray on 30th August and if the bone has healed well, as doctors have predicted it will”, he said. “I'll undergo a small operation to shave some bone off the thigh to free a muscle which is sticking to it and preventing my right knee from bending fully. Once my 'knee bend' is fully back to normal the plan is to have intensive physio and build up my strength, energy and fitness levels.”
“I'm feeling so much better now and my weight is climbing back steadily. Progress really has been ahead of schedule though my recuperation is extremely boring – there's only so much daytime TV you can watch! However I am enjoying watching Thomas the Tank Engine with two year old Finlay and spending valuable time with my wife Claire.”
Paul Bird Motorsport announced shortly after the accident that Easton will have a future with the team when he is fit to ride again, and the 28 year old is using that as motivation to return.
“It's important just to be patient and keep positive and of course follow medical advice. In terms of 2012, the Kawasaki team have kept in touch and boss Nick Morgan has indicated that he would like to kick start our partnership again next year and undoubtedly I'm looking forward to getting back into top gear – once I've been given a clean bill of health!”
International North West 200 technical director Mervyn Whyte MBE has spoken of his delight at seeing Easton recovering so well and hopes to see him return to the NW200.
“Since Stuart and Claire returned to Scotland I've kept in regular contact and am thrilled at how well Stuart is recovering from his injuries. I really admire his tenacity and determination and we look forward to welcoming him back to Northern Ireland in the future.”