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Monday, October 23, 2006

October 23 - Hammond Interview Out

As I reported yesterday, the interview with Richard Hammond is indeed out. This is from The Guardian, me not being able to get hold of a copy of the mirror.

'The Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond today described how he had "flatlined" and had a 50/50 chance of surviving after suffering a 288mph jet car crash last month. In his first interview since the accident, which happened as he filmed for the BBC motoring show on September 20, Hammond told the Mirror that he did not know what went wrong but had suddenly found himself "upside down and inhaling a field". The presenter is recovering from a brain injury that caused short-term memory loss and, in the early stages of his recovery, caused him to regress to a childlike state in which he became obsessed with Lego and the card game Top Trumps. "I felt mad as a bag of snakes," he said. "My mind was like a foreign place, nothing in it but blankness." He spoke of suffering "sharp, jagged, pointy pain", for which he was given morphine. The Vampire jet car crash happened on Hammond's final run of a day of filming at Elvington airfield, near York. He was airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary, where it was found he had suffered a significant brain injury. He told the Mirror surgeons had considered drilling a "bore hole" to drain the blood from his brain and relieve the swelling, but it had ultimately been decided that the operation would not be necessary. "It was 50/50 what was going to happen. I may have been dead, I may not have woken up," he said. "Doctors use a points system. Fifteen is normal, three is a flatline. I was a three. I was that close to being dead." He added he was amazed that he had not needed brain surgery. Today's Mirror publishes new pictures of a remarkably well-looking Hammond with his wife, Mindy, and daughters, Izzy and Willow.'

Pretty much as I said. My sources were actually right for once. I suppose as they came from inside The Daily Mirror, they were slightly more credible though.

EDIT: The Mirror have posted their own, official version here.

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Blogger Seshi said...

Not to sound too cheesy or anything, but when something like that happens, you just /know/ it's not your time to go, eh?

GWS Richard Hammond ^^

10:33 pm, October 23, 2006  
Blogger Delta said...

Yep. Can you picture Richard Hammond playing with lego though? Seriously...

8:26 am, October 24, 2006  
Blogger Seshi said...

Trust me, I can. ^__^

You know I have an insane and twisted imagination =P

1:01 pm, October 24, 2006  
Blogger Delta said...

You should enable ClearType on your PC. Go to the Control Panel, click Display. Next click effects. A box thingy will pop up. On the drop down box about rendering fonts, choose ClearType. Now click Ok, and Ok again. w00t! Doesn't it rock!

1:12 pm, October 24, 2006  

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