Ilkley teen whose foot was crushed by Tour de France support car to feature in BBC show

Joe Lisle with his mum Debbie and younger brother Finn, 10.

Joe Lisle with his mum Debbie and younger brother Finn, 10.

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A teenage Tour de France Grand Depart spectator whose foot was crushed by a passing support car will appear on a national TV show next week.

Joe Lisle, from Ilkley, was watching the cycling spectacle pass through his home town while stood on a wooden patio chair on July 5 before jumping off and falling into Leeds Road head first.

The 14-year-old’s cousin Tom pulled him out of the way of onrushing vehicles but his left leg, which was still in the road, was run over by a passing support car, leaving him with multiple fractures and a trauma injury.

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance’s (YAA) rescue of Joe, who is a Type One Diabetic so needed to get to hospital quickly, will feature in an episode of BBC One’s Countryside 999 on Monday at 11am.

The teen’s mum Debbie said: “It just happened so fast. Joe started screaming and I looked over and saw his leg. It was very traumatic.”

Two off-duty nurses and a doctor in the crowds who witnessed the accident rushed over to help Joe and he was airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary where he underwent a five-hour operation which included significant plastic surgery.

Joe has gone through a long and painful recovery, with frequent visits to the hospital skin team and lots of physiotherapy, but is now back on his feet and has his sights set on visiting Paris in July for the finale of the 2015 Tour de France.

His mum added: “Living where we do you quite often see the air ambulance going on to Ilkley Moor but it’s only when you need it yourself that you really appreciate the amazing service they provide.”

The YAA had the busiest weekend in its 14-year history during Le Tour’s visit to the county attending 31 incidents from July 4 to 6. Visit www.yorkshireairambulance.org.uk.

Gill Dalley.

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