Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Ben Nevis Fall Man Faces Ops

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Ben Nevis Fall Man Faces Ops

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Byline: By Helen Rae

Injured climber James Martin is facing a string of operations to rebuild his shattered body.

The 47-year-old was with two pals when they fell 100ft from Ben Nevis two weeks ago.

Mr Martin, a pilot, underwent a five-hour operation to reconstruct his smashed wrist at Newcastle General Hospital and is due to have more reconstructive surgery over the next few weeks.

Speaking at their home in Shaws Park, Hexham, Northumberland, his wife Margaret said he was recovering well but it is going to be a long time before he gets back to full health.

The nurse, of St Oswald's Hospice, in Gosforth, Newcastle, said: "James was in the operating theatre for five hours and is still due to have surgery on his badly damaged left leg.

"Since the accident he has had a number of operations, one of them lasting as long as eight hours.

"It's not going to be easy for James as he still has a long way to go but he is a very strong and resilient character. …

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