Family and friends launch online fundraiser to cover medical bills
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An online fundraising appeal has been launched to help a Borders mountain biker get home safely.
Darren Scott is currently being treated in hospital in Switzerland after crashing during a world championship.
The 50-year-old suffered two broken ribs, as well as damage to his back and pancreas during the crash. And is currently being watched for internal bleeding.
But a problem with his insurance means he wasn’t covered – and now friends and family try to raise £ 40,000 pay their medical expenses.
Recalling the race from his hospital bed, Darren (pictured above) said Radio borders: “I kind of passed the bend and fell; I landed on my front wheel … the bar flipped; and I received the full force of the handlebars straight into my stomach.
“I damaged my pancreas and I have a lot of internal bleeding from a lot of bruising, which is why they keep me in the hospital to monitor them. I also showed two broken ribs and two compressed vertebrae. behind my back too. ”
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The former Scottish masters champion, a native of Galashiels, was in contention for a medal ahead of the final stop of the World Enduro Series at Innerleithen this weekend before tragedy struck.
It was only his second attempt at the event after spending most of his cycling career in motocross.
In the end, Darren – brother of former Scottish rugby star Stevie Scott – had to be airlifted to hospital where he has remained since September 12.
However, he does not give up hope of leaving.
Darren said: “It would mean a lot to me to see familiar faces again; just go back to Scotland and take the path of recovery.
“It’s not that easy here because the language barrier in the hospital is a bit of a problem. I just think it would be so much easier to be in a Scottish hospital.
“When you think you’ve got covered and it turns out they’re not going to pay for a lot of things, that’s pretty worrying; and it’s going through my head, how am i going to get home? ”
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A charity to support former international motocross rider Sean Doherty, who was paralyzed in an accident six years ago, is behind the call.
Foundation 22 says on its website: “We are looking to raise around £ 40,000 to cover medical and air ambulance costs. Due to an oversight, it turns out that Darren’s insurance did not cover Switzerland where he was racing and was injured.
“Sean and Darren started racing together the same day in motocross at Pathcondie in 1988 and have remained friends and competitors ever since. This cry for help is for friends, family, MXers, scramblers, mountain bikers and to anyone who would like to help. “
To learn more about the fundraising appeal and to make a donation, click on here.
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