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LISTEN: Cornish biker has major operation after dream wedding came true

LISTEN: Cornish biker has major operation after dream wedding came true

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 12:44pm 30th November 2018. (Updated at 1:23pm 30th November 2018)

A Cornish biker has had a major operation after Pirate FM helped his dream wedding come true.

Shane Bamford was knocked off his bike in early September, he was on his way to buy Tracy's engagement ring.

The 45-year-old from Tolvaddon thought he had escaped with a fractured collarbone, but actually suffered damage to his spinal nerve.

He needed to have major surgery would could have left him paralysed - and Shane wanted to be able to get married first so he could walk on his wedding day.

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Shane Bamford, who was caught in a crash and is facing surgery that could leave him paralysed, has enjoyed his dream wedding

The couple tied the knot earlier in November, after dozens of listeners and local businesses answered Pirate FM's call for help.

Pirate FM's breakfast show presenter, Lucy, sprang into action when she heard about Shane's upcoming operation.

From that point on, donations came pouring in for everything from the venue near Polperro to hair, make-up and catering.

Now Shane has had the major surgery and the good news - he can walk.

But it didn't go without a few complications as Shane won't be able to use his arm and hand again.

Listen to Shane tell Neil and Lucy at Breakfast about the operation - and what it now means...


Shane Bamford spoke to Neil & Lucy at Breakfast after his major operation


"It's been quite overwhelming to the point where we had a bit of a moment last night, it's been a bit of a rollercoaster, to be able to still walk.

"The operation's not gone as well as we expected, but I can still walk, that's the main priority.

"I think we both a bit of a meltdown.

"I've still got three to four months of the journey to go - they actually found more problems in the operation.

"The nerve is permanently damaged in my neck, I'm not going to be able to use my arm and my hand like I used to.

"But the good news is that my legs have come back.

"We can look to the future, and we can still go for walks on the beach arm in arm."

Shane Bamford

You can read more about Shane's accident here or watch the full story of how it all came to be...

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