World Supersport: Tommy Hill back in the UK

Published: 06 December 2007

Tommy Hill has finally been repatriated back to the UK following his sickening crash 11 days ago and a nightmare stay in a Spanish hospital.

Hill high sided his Hannspree Althea Honda first time out following an electrical problem and sustained sickening injuries including a fractured hip, femur, ankle and hand.

The 22-year-old former Virgin Yamaha British Superbike rider was taken to Tarragona hospital where he underwent a six hour operation on his legs, which included extensive metal work and rods to repair his Femur.

His stay was made even more traumatic by the fact he has only one kidney and no spleen following a schoolboy motocross accident and that he had very limited communication with the Spanish doctors due to the language barrier.

Speaking to MCN, Tommy Hill said: “It’s been a nightmare: I’ve been desperate to get back to the UK for treatment, but there was a problem with the insurance, which meant I couldn’t get back.

“I’ve had a fever and been so worried about picking up an infection especially as I don’t have a spleen. They’ve been pumping me full of injections and I’ve ended up having screaming matches with the doctors.

“I’m definitely feeling better now; I’m already getting my leg moving and my focus is on getting fit for the end of January when the team will be testing again.”