Antonio from London, who studies motorcycle maintenance at college, collided with a car when he was riding on his beloved motorbike on tonight’s Channel 4 programme.
Shafi, a registrar on the A&E ward, explained why motorbike injuries coming into the emergency ward are so serious.
“We are thinking about multiple injuries to every system of the body,” he explained.
The 20-year-old had hit the car on the front right side and claimed to have hit his head on the bonnet.
Antonio was rushed for a CT scan and x-ray after Dr Shafi worried there may be hidden internal injuries, which could pose more of a threat than Antonio’s obvious leg injuries.
However, soon Antonio’s leg begins to suddenly swell, causing panic that he may need emergency surgery to save his leg.
“Acute new swelling, that is a pretty dangerous sign,” Dr Shafi explained.
“Is this patient starting to bleed again, or was there a blood clot that has started bleeding? Does he need to go to surgery to have it drained?”
Antonio was given a large dose of painkillers by a nurse to help ease the swelling while more tests took place.
“When you see someone with an injury like this you know they are going to need major surgery, he is not going to be able to get back on his bike after this,” Shafi said.
“For a 20-year-old this can be life-changing.”
Surgeons carried out three major operations to Antonio’s leg, worried that he may never walk again – let alone ride a motorcycle.
“He always will be permanently affected, I think his leg never will be the same,” Dawn, Antonio’s mother said.
Four months on from the accident Antonio was learning to walk again.
He was forced to put his education on hold as he kept having panic attacks, but he is still determined to return.
This comes after Express.co.uk reported on a motorcyclist who plunged 50ft to his death minutes after pleading for help with his leg infection.