British Paralympian George Peasgood, 27, who won silver and bronze in Tokyo, suffers serious head injury after falling from his bike in a ‘freak accident’
- George Peasgood, 27, is in critical condition after falling from his bike last week
- Originally from Essex, he won Para-triathlon silver and Para-cycling bronze
- He is in a specialist care unit for a severe ‘diffuse axonal injury’ to the brain
- His partner Frankie Hall said she would stay by his bedside as he recovers
A Paralympian is fighting for his life after suffering a brain injury by crashing his bike in a ‘freak accident’.
George Peasgood, 27, is in a critical condition after suffering severe injuries when he fell from his bike last Saturday, according to his partner Frankie Hall.
The Paralympian, originally from Saffron Walden in Essex, won Para-triathlon silver and Para-cycling bronze for Great Britain at the Tokyo Paralympics last summer.
But he is now being treated in a neurological critical care unit for a ‘diffuse axonal injury’ – an injury caused when the brain suffers a traumatic or sudden movement within the skull.
Ms Hall said she would be at at his hospital bedside ‘for the foreseeable future’ to help her partner with what she said would be a ‘long journey to recovery.’
George Peasgood (pictured winning bronze at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics), 27, is in critical condition after suffering severe injuries when he fell from his bike last Saturday, according to his partner Frankie Hall
The Paralympian is now being treated in a neurological critical care unit for a ‘diffuse axonal injury’
She posted on Instagram, saying: ‘To all of our friends, please know your support means the world to me, and will to do him too.
‘He is a fighter, I’ve never known anyone as strong as George and I know, when it’s ready, he will pull through.’
Ms Hall thanked the doctors from the Hertfordshire and Essex Air Ambulance crew, police and paramedics who ‘ensured that George was in safe hands within minutes of the accident’.
She added: ‘We do not have any further information at this stage but we will know more once he regains consciousness and we appreciate your respect and privacy at this time.’
George’s parter Frankie Hall posted on Instagram, saying she would give an update once he regains consciousness
Peasgood won medals in two sports in three days at the Tokyo Paralympic Games, taking silver in the men’s individual PTS5 Triathlon before claiming a bronze in the C4 cycling road time trial.
Earlier this year he won gold in the World Triathlon Para Series in Yokohama Japan and won the C4 time trial in Canada in August.
He made his Paralympic debut at Rio in 2016, where he was the youngest member of the paratriathlon team.
Ms Hall said: ‘He is a fighter, I’ve never known anyone as strong as George and I know, when it’s ready, he will pull through’
Peasgood suffered a traumatic injury to his left leg when he was just two years old and had to undergo several reconstruction operations to his left leg and ankle.
World Triathlon tweeted they were ‘incredibly saddened to hear the news that Paralympian @george_peasgood was involved in a serious accident.
‘We wish him all the best with his recovery and look forward to welcoming him back on the blue carpet very soon.’
The official Paralympics account said: ‘The thoughts of all of us at ParalympicsGB are with @george_peasgood who was involved in a serious accident while cycling last week.
‘Wishing you a speedy recovery, George.’
World Triathlon and Paralympics GB took to Twitter to express well wishes for George