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Accident victim plans comeback
Steven Baseley, the victim of a cycling accident last year. Picture: Ian Munro/The West Australian

Steven Baseley hopes that by March 2 his life will return to normal. The date will mark the second anniversary of a horrible accident that turned his life upside down.

On that fateful day in 2011 Mr Baseley left his Mt Pleasant home about 6am to enjoy a ride to Fremantle, with a quick coffee break in Cottesloe before returning home and going to work.

Just five minutes into that ride as he travelled north along The Esplanade he was struck from behind by a truck.

His right leg was dragged underneath the rear wheels for between 10m and 20m.

Flesh from his legs scattered the bitumen in a bloody mess as he lay in the middle of the road.

"I just felt my whole body starting to shut down," he said.

Moments after the accident passers-by rushed over to Mr Baseley to administer first aid and ask him for the contact details of his family.

Within half an hour of the accident Mr Baseley had been rushed to Royal Perth Hospital. He was losing a substantial amount of blood and his blood pressure was dropping rapidly.

His wife Lena was told her husband had 32 litres of blood pumped into him but with very little skin and muscle left on his legs it simply oozed out.

Soon the father of two was taken into surgery for 7½ hours to stabilise his condition. He was then placed in an induced coma for 13 days as he had surgery every day to help put his body back together.

A broken tibia and fibula, a fractured pelvis, a broken left femur held in place with a rod and screws, scaring from incisions doctors made to drain fluids from his body, severe damage to his rectum and the transplantation of his left latissimus dorsi to his leg were just some of the injuries and surgeries he experienced.

He spent 12 weeks at RPH and 10 weeks at the hospital's rehabilitation campus at Shenton Park.

"Simple things like learning to put my feet over the bed, my legs would go purple (because of the) blood flow, I had to train my calves to deal with blood," he said.

In January this year he began physiotherapy and the hard work continued with almost daily gym sessions.

With the support of his family and friends, slowly but surely Mr Baseley's life continues to recover.

"I feel confident I will one day ride again," he said with a smile.

The West Australian

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