A BOY who was left horrifically injured when he was impaled by a bike handlebar is back on the saddle thanks to a local company.
In June this year the County Times reported how Kyle Otto, of Partridge Green, suffered a fractured pelvis while riding his bike in woodland off South Street in the village.
The Steyning Grammar School pupil rode over a small sand mound and the back wheel came out from under him on Thursday June 2.
The handlebar ‘sliced’ through the youngster, with mother Lisa-Jayne Campbell adding: “It would have gone right through him if it hadn’t hit his pelvic bone.’’
At the time of the accident Lisa explained how she thought her son was ‘dying’.
But after two months of slow recovery, the 12-year-old can enjoy his hobby once more following a generous donation from Upgrade Bikes.
On Friday July 29 the Partridge Green business presented Kyle with a mountain bike worth £500.
Lisa said: “I was really concerned that Kyle would not get on it but he did and he rode around the village showing it to everyone.
“I received so many text messages from excited parents and neighbours in the village saying they had seen him.
“Getting on that bike has completely changed him – he has spent the last eight weeks at home playing on the Xbox and being too scared to do anything but once he jumped on the bike he realised that he was going to be fine.
“He even joined his baseball team for their last game on Saturday – striking out three players including a GB player - he was not able to bat or field but they did let him pitch.’’
She added: “This is not just a generous gift, but a life-changing one for Kyle, and for me as I have been housebound along with him. Thank you Upgrade Bikes.”
Brian Weston, Upgrade Bikes warehouse manager, said: “People fall off bikes and hurt themselves all the time but this wasn’t just a case of having a scraped knee.
“When we presented the bike to Kyle he just jumped on the bike straight away and started riding around which is exactly what it’s all about.
“It’s always nice to do something like this - things like this help the world go round.”