Spouse from London, Ontario, husband injured in tobogganing accident, hopeful of restoration – London


Jessica Bickell says her husband Pete Mogan is “a very strong, determined man” and she believes he will recover, “but at the moment there are many unknowns” about the extent of the injuries the London father suffered in a toboggan accident Weekend has suffered.

The couple, owners of The Rep Room fitness studio in Hyde Park, London, had taken their three children tobogganing on Saturday when the accident occurred.

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Bickell told Global News that she spoke to Mogan and he is starting to realize what happened.

“It repeats itself quite often,” she says.

“It was very difficult. The fact that I can’t be in the hospital with him was very emotional and overwhelming, “she added, citing restrictions due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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Mogan has broken ribs, a fractured skull and a brain hemorrhage after hitting his head twice while sledding with his family on the hill near Byron Somerset Public School.

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“We just had a day of family fun sledding and he went down the hill and there was a ramp, almost like a second hill at the base. And I don’t think we realized how big it was, and he went pretty high in the air downstairs and came back and hit his head, ”Bickell explained.

“And then, at the moment of the hit, he swung forward and hit the head again. Basically, he planted himself in the face and was knocked unconscious immediately. I had to run down the hill and basically called 911 right away. “

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Even before the accident, the couple’s last year was difficult as the gyms were particularly hard hit by pandemic-related restrictions.

“It was difficult for small business owners, and I think especially for gym owners at the time. But you know we have an amazing community and we have a group of people who are very understanding and [who] Support us, ”she told Global News.

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“We’re only going to take it one day at a time. I have a great team of people and we will just do our best. “

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Bickell says it never crossed her mind that tobogganing could lead to such serious injuries. Now she’s pushing everyone to wear a helmet.

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“No matter how small the hill is, I think it’s so important to wear a helmet when doing such activities. You just never know. “

She also says the hill where her husband was injured should be closed to the public for sledding.

“Not just my husband’s accident, but several other accidents on this hill.

“I just think it has to be closed to the public when it comes to sledding.”

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CTV London says the city has started a review of the hill. Global News has asked the city for more details.

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Jennifer Britton, injury prevention specialist with the London Health Sciences Centre’s trauma program, also highlighted the importance of helmets, warning Londoners to be careful about speed and potential obstacles.

“I know this might come as a surprise to some people, but we need to treat tobogganing like skiing and snowboarding and wear a helmet that is suitable for those sports,” she explained.

“When it comes to sledding, it thinks about the possible risk factors for these injuries.”

Britton says people should watch out for possible obstacles such as trees, waterways, benches, or even other tobogganing, and look for a long drain so the toboggan can safely stop.

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A GoFundMe organized by Stacey Evoy describes Mogan and Bickell as pillars of the community. ”

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In less than 48 hours, the online campaign raised more than $ 41,000 in donations.

Bickell says she is now focused on making sure Pete gets the therapy and treatment he needs, although it’s too early to say what it will mean.

“He obviously can’t work. And I just want to make sure that I can take good care of him and that we can keep going to the gym, but also time for him to heal and recover. It’s amazing that we can do it and just focus on making Pete get better, ”she said of the community support.

“I am overwhelmed by the amount of righteous love and support that Pete has received and that I have received. And it was very emotional and I choked just thinking about it. “

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