A MAN who was struck by a bin lorry in an early morning crash is facing months of gruelling operations and may lose the use of his right leg.
The victim, who suffered serious injuries after the incident on Gorgie Park Road in November, is being treated at St John’s Hospital in Livingston. His wife said that he has a long way to go on his road to recovery – and doctors are particularly concerned about a large cut down his right buttock and thigh.
His sciatic nerve is badly damaged and unfortunately, there is nothing they can do to help that – it will either heal on it’s own or not,Victim’s wife
The Edinburgh-based cleaner, who worked night shifts, was trying to cross Gorgie Park Road amid strong winds shortly after 6am on November 9 when he was struck by the Scotwaste refuse vehicle.
The 63-year-old was rushed to hospital, where he was kept sedated in intensive care for more than a month.
On December 16, he was moved to the burns ward to allow specialists to assess him for skin grafting.
His wife was finally able to speak to him properly during Christmas week – the first time since he was brought off sedation medication.
Doctors are still assessing the man’s condition and are currently considering using skin grafts and muscle transplants to help him recover from the extreme injury to his thigh and bottom.
Specialists at St John’s are trying to get his strength up and prevent infections, as he is currently too weak to undergo any major operations.
The laceration to his buttock and thigh is so large that the man needs frequent blood transfusions to replace the blood he is losing.
Doctors have said the cut is the main focus of their treatment at the moment.
The victim’s wife said: “His sciatic nerve is badly damaged and unfortunately, there is nothing they can do to help that – it will either heal on it’s own or not, which means that he may not be able to walk with his right leg, but they are not focusing on these injuries at present.”
She said of her husband: “He is a kind man who always does his best for the people around him, and has a soft spot for animals.”
The victim was initially taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary after the crash on November 9, however he was later transferred to St John’s.
Onlookers reported that he was able to speak to paramedics when they arrived at the scene.
The lorry had been going to empty the bins at a McDonald’s restaurant when the incident happened.
The north side of Gorgie Park Road, beside Aldi and McDonald’s, was partially closed by police for five hours while investigations were carried out.
It was feared that the pedestrian may have lost his balance in the high winds and fallen into the path of the truck.
Officers involved in the ongoing police investigation were unavailable for comment.