[Update: March 20]
Pocock underwent another operation, his third, to have “further work on my forearm.” The operation was done to close to cut and they have “fitted a custom splint and set my hand,” Pocock wrote in an update. He will undergo another operation on Monday. You can read Pocock’s entire update, via Facebook, below. We will have more information as it becomes available.
Had my third operation this afternoon. They have done further work on my forearm by partially closing the cut on it and they have fitted a custom splint and set my hand in a more comfortable position. I have also got a new pump in my wrist draining fluids, all in preparation for my op on Monday. Thank you again for all the support, I will be ok
[Update: March 19]
Good news on the Mel Pocock front. Pocock wrote on Facebook yesterday that he has "feeling through all four of his finger tips and small movement." His full statement is below:
Good news today I have got good feeling through all 4 of my finger tips and small movement...even feel movement in my stumpy thumb. Unreal considering how smashed my hand was
[Update: March 18]
Yesterday, Pocock issued the following update on Instagram: “I’m in the best place possible for my injury, unfortunately I have lost half my thumb, but so thankful to the surgeons who managed to save my whole hand. I will be fighting the whole way. There has been 2 ops already and at least 3 more to go.”
Mel Pocock, who finished sixth overall at the MXGP of Thailand, had a bad crash at the British Championship over the weekend at Hilton Park. At this time we don’t have a lot of information, but team owner Steve Dixon has been providing updates on his Facebook account.
Not good news at the moment with Mel. A rider crashed in front of Mel whilst Mel was committed to the corner. It looks like the rear sprocket or handgaurd has lacerated his arm badly and he has lost the top of his right thumb at the knuckle. It's not pretty and we are all in deep shock at the moment, let's all wish the surgeons can do a great job, we are in touch with top people but at the moment he needs to be stabilised and we await the doctors news. Our hearts go out to Mel and his family who as you know have had enough injuries with Brad Pocock. Will try to keep everyone updated as we hear from his family.
First surgery at 3am this morning to straighten Mels hand went well, surgeons meet at 9am to discuss next operation at 12 noon, Mel now remembers what happened, the bike next to him pitched up in the air and the bottom of his sprocket came down on mel like a chainsaw, he actually was still on the bike, he is with the top surgeon who know he's a top sportsperson.
Update 3, Mel had a 6 hour operation on the bones in the back of his hand, it was very crushed and many small broken pieces, also the surgeons had to operate on the arm to relieve the damage. A further 8 hours of surgery including skin graft and muscle structure is planned for Monday, we can only pray Mels strength and determination shown on the track will get him though this traumatic time. In all my years of GP's with so many injured riders I have never Seen such horrific damage, after a career best 6th overall last week in the GP to this injury is cruel justice.
We will have more information as it come in.