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Surgeons ‘piece together’ farmer trampled by bull
A NORTH Yorkshire farmer who was almost trampled to death by a bull has been saved by surgeons with a new operation.
Derek Thompson, 69, of Welbury, near Northallerton, suffered 22 fractured ribs when he was hit by a bull while rounding up his cattle on his farm.
Mr Thompson was taken to The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough where he spent three months in intensive care before his broken ribs were pinned back together with titanium plates.
He said:”Nearly all my ribs were broken, there was not much left. They are now held in place with plates that look like bits of Meccano.
“I would think I was one of the most difficult cases they have ever had to save.”
He is now back at home recovering with his family.
Mr Thompson was the first person admitted to the hospital to undergo a lifesaving “rib-plating” operation.
Cardiothoracic surgeon Joel Dunning teamed up with orthopaedic surgeon James McVie to perform the procedure which was done to speed up the healing process, alleviate pain and reduce the risk of breathing difficulties.
Mr McVie said: “I’m really pleased that Mr Thompson is recovering well from his major chest injury and surgery.”
The James Cook University Hospital is one of only eight hospitals across the country to offer the procedure.
Mr Dunning said:”This procedure will be a major help to our most critically injured patients and as a major regional trauma centre we estimate that this will help a lot of patients from the whole region, increasing survival rates and reducing their days on the intensive care unit.”
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