CARL Bell is back home and continuing his recovery a week on since smashing his femur in a sidecar crash at Knockhill.
Bell was finally released from hospital in Kirkcaldy yesterday after an operation to repair the injury last Sunday.
Carl had been making his F1 sidecar debut with cousin Mick in the Bell Racing LCR machine which Mick shares with his brother Phil.
But it didn’t go to plan, and the weekend came to an abrupt end in qualifying when the outfit ran wide and tipped over.
Carl was taken to hospital with a smashed femur, and had an operation to fix it on Sunday. By Monday he’d made it out of bed and into a wheelchair, and by Tuesday he was up and about on crutches.
“I was feeling better on Tuesday, the leg was already starting to mend and I made it up and into the shower so I felt a bit better,” he told UK Clubsport. “It had been really painful when I first went in, so by then it was easing a bit so I felt a lot happier.”
As a self-confessed hospital-phobic – Carl had to have hypnotherapy to get him ready for the birth of son James earlier this year – he was desperate to get out and back home, and yesterday he was finally released.
But he predicts it will take the best part of two months before he’s back up on his feet.
“I’m definitely feeling better for being out of hospital,” he added last night. “It’ll be about six weeks before I’m back on my feet, but I should be back to work as soon as I’ve sorted things out with the doctors.”