Street to restoration: the spouse of a London man injured on a toboggan run speaks


LONDON, ONT. – On the way to recovery, but how long this path will take is still uncertain. Pete Mogan was able to return home on Wednesday after severe luge injuries last Saturday.

His wife Jessica Bickell is happy to have him at home, but describes her current state of mind as overwhelmed: “You know, we have some good moments … and some not so good moments.”

Mogan was injured on a toboggan run in Byron’s Whisperwood Park. He was taken to the trauma department of the London Health Sciences Center with a fractured skull, a cerebral haemorrhage and five broken ribs.

On Friday morning around 10:30 am, Bickell highlighted the effects on both of them and said, “I’ve been up since 2 am just because he’s in so much pain.”

Then there are the effects of brain trauma; Temporary lack of concentration and loss of short-term memory.

“We will have conversations about things and he will not remember the next day that we have already had a conversation about it. It just adapts to that. “

The couple owns The Rep Room, a gym in Hyde Park. The pandemic had already faced them with economic challenges, and Pete’s injuries will only compound those challenges, but a GoFundMe site has raised over $ 44,000 since it launched on Sunday.

“We like to help others, so it feels very strange to accept that. At the same time, I know that I need the help and that I have to accept it. We feel so loved “

Bickell says that as someone dedicated to fitness, Mogan has relied on discipline and determination throughout his life. While pondering what she could have done differently on that sunny Saturday afternoon, including using protective gear, she says the key now is to focus on recovery.

“You are starting to have all this regret. But the only thing I’ve learned from my husband is to always take one step in front of the other and just keep moving forward. “