BSB: Hobbs diagnosed with serious injury

Following on from his accident at Croft Circuit during a test day last month, Hobbs Racing British Superbike Cup rider Dennis Hobbs has been re-admitted to hospital as the extent of damage to his injured neck has become apparent. The 22 year...

Following on from his accident at Croft Circuit during a test day last month, Hobbs Racing British Superbike Cup rider Dennis Hobbs has been re-admitted to hospital as the extent of damage to his injured neck has become apparent.

The 22 year old from Guisborough, Cleveland underwent various nerve tests and a further MRI scan at a specialist facility in East Anglia last week whereby it was diagnosed that Dennis had sustained a dislocated C7 and C8 neck vertebrae in the crash and was in imminent danger of permanent damage if not treated immediately.

As a result, Dennis was admitted to St James Hospital in Leeds yesterday before being transferred to Leeds General Infirmary today whereby he is under the care of resident BSB Medical Delegate, Mr Toby Branfoot and his team.

Dennis' father John Hobbs explained: "Upon examining the various x-rays and documentation, the doctors have told us that Dennis has a dislocated neck and was just two millimetres off being paralysed. Like us, they are extremely concerned as to why that this wasn't diagnosed earlier. Had it been, Dennis would have been out of action for around three months but as it is now, it could take between six and twelve months to fix. Had we known the extent of the injury, he shouldn't have been racing at Croft or Cadwell as one slight knock could have proved disastrous."

Hobbs, who finished on the rostrum twice at Croft before ruling himself out due to a lack of strength at Cadwell, is likely to have some exterior metalwork and frames inserted around his head and neck to stabilise the injury after surgery.

He is currently in Ward 23, Bed 23 at Leeds General Infirmary.

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