Cyclist's heartfelt thanks to all who helped, after being found lying in blood in Ottery

PUBLISHED: 12:00 07 October 2019

This is where the cyclist was found in the road at Fairmile, near Ottery. Picture: Google Maps

This is where the cyclist was found in the road at Fairmile, near Ottery. Picture: Google Maps

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A woman who was left lying in a puddle of her own blood on a road near Ottery, with no recollection of what happened, has given her heartfelt thanks to all the people that helped her.

The Herald previously ran a story on the cyclist who has asked to remain anonymous but will be referred to as Mrs Smith.

The 37-year-old was riding through Fairmile, towards Honiton, at around 8.30pm on June 21.

The mother-of-two, from the Honiton area, was found on the road with a brain injury and damage to her right temporal lobe and had to be flown to hospital.

Read Cyclist found lying in blood on Ottery road appeals to witnesses here.

Mrs Smith said: "Devon Air Ambulance was a big part of the reason I think I have recovered so quickly, they got me to the hospital so fast.

"When people have a brain injury they quite often try and escape which is something that I was trying to do on the ground.

"They calmed me down once and once I was on the helicopter I was as good as gold.

"There were two chaps from air ambulance that were really good. I even got to speak to one of them afterwards. He was such a patient and kind person, willing to talk about anything he could.

"I don't even think I can explain how grateful I am. I think it is because of them that I have recovered so quickly - they got me to the hospital so quickly... They are truly wonderful people."

Mrs Smith said she would also like to thank the police officers who watched over her during the incident.

She added: "PC Claire Dye and her team were wonderful. She has spoken to me and checked up on me. When I saw her afterwards, she seemed genuinely happy that she had been able to help me.

"I was told that a few bikers on motorbikes stopped just after I was found and stayed with me until emergency services arrived but I have no idea who they are and would love to thank them."

Mrs Smith also thanks the wonderful staff at Exeter hospital and the Mardon Neurological Rehabilitation Centre - she said a lady called Harriet was the reason she was able to get back to normal.

She added: "Throughout my life I have never felt massively cared about but I have met all these people who have gone out of their way to help me and help me recover, it's heart warming and changed my outlook on life. It is a real eye opener."

Anyone with any information on what happened to Mrs Smith should email 101@dc.police.uk quoting the reference number EN/009319/19.

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