The family of a Limavady man who came off a scrambler bike and suffered serious spinal injuries have spoken of their hope for his recovery.
Dean Doherty suffered his injuries on Sunday afternoon while at a motocross track in Bellarena, outside Limavady.
Dean’s twin, Aidan, said he was airlifted by the Irish Coastguard to George Best Airport and, from there, taken by ambulance to The Royal in Belfast. Dean underwent major surgery on Monday.
Dean’s father, Bernard, said the family are in shock at what happened.
“I got a call to say that Dean had come off the bike and was badly injured,” said Bernard. “It’s a terrible shock, the last thing you want to hear. He has been through surgery and we don’t know what the outcome will be. We just have to wait.”
Aidan, who stayed by his brother’s side until they arrived at the hospital, said: “It’s very worrying. You don’t want to see that happen to your twin brother, the closest person to you, but he’ll pull through. There is hope and he’s determined.”
Aidan praised the ambulance and Coastguard staff who he said “did everything they could” for his brother.
The family have also expressed heartfelt thanks to everyone who has called with them in the last day with messages of support.
This morning a spokesman for Belfast Trust said Mr Doherty was “stable” in the Royal Victoria Hospital.