GRAPHIC PICS: Teen who lost hand in bike accident to complete GCSEs in extraordinary way

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Oliver Smith and his handSWNS


GRAPHIC: This boy lost the use of his hand in a freak bicycle accident

**WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT BELOW**

Student Oliver Smith lost five pints of blood after he went through a glass window when he crashed a bike near his home in lkeston, Derbs.

The 15-year-old was speeding down a ramp towards his house when the crash happened.

His parents Lucy and Tim – who saw the crash unfold from the kitchen window – rushed to help him, binding him arm with tea towels before rushing him to hospital.


Oliver Smith in the hospitalSWNS


STUDENT: Oliver Smith lost five pints of blood after he went through a glass window


Oliver Smith in the hospitalSWNS


PAINFUL: Oliver was told by doctors that he could have died from his horrific injuries


“My right hand went straight through the pantry window but I didn’t feel it”


Oliver Smith

Oliver was told by doctors he could have lost his arm or even died from his horrific injuries.

But now, six weeks later, the student is getting ready to take on his GCSEs after his teacher used a 3D printer to create a makeshift finger for him.

James Wheldon, a design technology teacher at St John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy, made the plastic finger dubbed “Claw 5”, which attaches to a splint that enables Oliver to type with two hands.


Oliver Smith in the hospitalSWNS


ACCIDENT: The incident happened just over six weeks ago

Oliver said he was grateful to Mr Wheldon for coming up with his genius idea to create a plastic finger using the school’s 3D printer.

He added: “It’s made [my] life must easier although it’s taken a while to get used to. I’m really grateful to him; he’s gone above and beyond what I’d expect a teacher to do.”

Doctors managed to save the lucky boy’s arm, but the next day he suffered a blood cot and had to undergo another five-hour operation.


Oliver Smith at schoolSWNS


CRASH: Oliver can now complete his end of year exams


Oliver Smith and James WheldonSWNS


HELPFUL: His teacher James Wheldon helped to craft the finger by using a 3D printer

Oliver said that immediately after the accident he thought he was going to die.

He said: “I was heading towards the back of the house on my bike and I just shut my eyes and put my arms out.

“My right hand went straight through the pantry window but I didn’t feel it. I screamed and my mum and dad came running.”



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