King’s Lynn Stars rider Darryl Ritchings is released from hospital

Darryl Ritchings. Picture: Dave Evans. (Swindon Advertiser) Darryl Ritchings. Picture: Dave Evans. (Swindon Advertiser)

Thursday, April 24, 2014
10:55 AM

A young speedway rider has been released from hospital after spending over a week in a coma due to swelling on the brain.

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King’s Lynn Young Stars rider Darryl Ritchings, 19, was racing for his home club Swindon at their Abbey Stadium when he was flung head-first into a fence on April 3.

Mr Ritchings, a father of one, was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford for specialist treatment for bruising on the brain and also suffered a broken nose and ankle as a result of the impact.

He was brought out of sedation last week and is now well enough to continue his recovery at home.

Swindon Robins boss Alun Rossiter said: “It’s fantastic news and we are so pleased for Darryl and his family.

“The only thing I would add is that Darryl has a badly broken ankle which will need working on, but when you consider what he’s been through this is a great piece of news.”