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Accident side effects for Cracknell

Wednesday March 16th 2011

One of the sad side effects from the near-fatal injuries suffered by Olympic gold medallist James Cracknell is that he is not allowed to be alone with his children.

The 38-year-old was taking part in an endurance race last July when he was struck from behind by the wing mirror of a truck.

His wife thought he might die and she had been told to say her farewells to the father of two.

Cracknell suffered bleeding all around the brain and his skull was broken in two places.

Since his remarkable physical recovery, the double Olympic rowing gold medallist has been told not to be alone with his son Croyde, seven, and daughter Kiki, two.

This is because as a result of the accident he is extremely forgetful and there is the danger he might mistakenly leave something dangerous lying around.

The accident raises the issue of how athletes can take out Sports Injury Insurance, which pays out to people if they have been injured whilst taking part in sport and are unable to work as a result.

Cracknell, who is married to TV presenter Beverley Turner, told the Radio Times: "I feel a bit useless. I can't help out."

He said: "I regret that the injury has had such an impact on everyone. Bev and I talk about nothing else, which takes the fun out of our relationship. That must be hard for her."

Turner found out that she was pregnant with the couple's third child, who is due in the next few weeks, while Cracknell was in hospital in the US.

Her husband is not allowed to drive, takes a long time to do simple tasks and gets annoyed easily with the children as a result of the accident.

He said of the driver that caused the collision in Arizona, in the US, in July last year: "I'm grateful that he stopped, but I really wish he hadn't hit me in the first place.

"I was lit up like a Christmas tree, for God's sake. How didn't he see me?"

Copyright © Press Association 2011

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