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Cyclist injured in accident received life-saving miracle thanks to doctor

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — The worst accidents can happen when we’re doing something we do every day, in familiar surroundings. In fact, transportation experts say more than half of serious car accidents happen within five miles of the home, and nearly 70% happen within 10 miles of home.

But, it’s not just car crashes. An avid cyclist named Larry Sears says a freak accident nearly cost him his life, but then a doctor he’d never met took a chance on him. Dr. George Al Shamy describes it as “a pretty devastating brain injury.”

Sears was out doing what he’s done daily for decades – riding his bike. He was less than a mile from home when a deer crashed into him. “I literally don’t have any memory until two weeks after the accident when I woke up from a coma,” says Sears.

Sears admits he was not wearing a key piece of equipment. “I was foolishly not wearing a helmet.”

When he arrived at the hospital, Dr. Al Shamy says he was in bad shape. “Blood in the brain, he has something we call an epidural hematoma. A couple of skull fractures and a couple of brain contusions,” Al Shamy said.

Doctors scanned Sears’ brain and planned to wait a few hours before performing a second scan. But, Al Shamy had a hunch and decided to scan him sooner than later. Sears was then rushed into surgery.

“I told his wife, ‘We have to act now,'” Al Shamy said. “We don’t even have 15 or 30 minutes to lose.”

Al Shamy said it was one of the biggest blood clots he’d seen, and had they’d waited any longer “his bleeding would have been much, much, much worse.”

Sears said he’s now recovering at home from what could have been a much worse injury. Now that he’s home, Sears said he had one thing left to do – meet the doctor who helped save him.

“You know, I stuck out my hand, and he kind of just went right past that and gave me a hug,” Sears recalls. “You know, I think maybe it was a bit of a deal for him too because I was a pretty extreme case.”

Then, Sears said the words he’d been practicing for this meeting, “I believe you saved my life.”

Sears gave one final piece of medical advice that he’s learned the hard way. “Just always wear a helmet. It’s just, you know, there’s really no reason not to.”

Sears says his two adult sons flew to Houston when he was in the hospital, even bringing clothes for a funeral. But, instead, they’re now celebrating his new life.

“It is a miracle that I’m alive, and I’m thankful to God,” he said. “I’m thankful for those people that took care of me, and I’m thankful for Dr. Al Shamy.”

Sears said he hasn’t gotten back on his bike just yet and that his exercise bike will have to do.

When Sears is ready to hit the road again, Dr. Al Shamy said he plans to join alongside him for a ride.

“You know, not every case we do ends up with such a good outcome,” Al Shamy said. “That’s why this case is so amazing. Something that was so scary has now brought a lot of joy to a lot of people.”

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Son of cyclist Lance Armstrong accused of sexually assaulting 16-year-old, Austin police say

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Luke Armstrong, son of world-famous cyclist Lance Armstrong, was arrested and accused of sexual assault with a child, according to an Austin Police Department affidavit.

The affidavit says 21-year-old Luke David Armstrong sexually assaulted a 16-year-old after a party in south Austin in June 2018. He was 18 at the time.

Armstrong’s attorney, Randy Leavitt, denied the allegations and claimed that the two were in a consensual relationship that lasted months. He said the Armstrong family is supporting their son and is gathering evidence to present to the district attorney which dispute the victim’s claims.

“What occurred three years ago in high school was not a crime and was not a sexual assault. It was a consensual relationship then and continued consensually between two young people with both ultimately going their separate ways,” Leavitt said. “These charges should not have been filed and certainly not three years later.”

The victim told police in November 2020 that she asked Armstrong to pick her up from the party after she had been drinking. The victim says she didn’t remember the ride in Armstrong’s truck but remembered waking up on a couch at a house where Luke lived and being sexually assaulted, the affidavit says.

In a December 2020 phone call between the victim and Armstrong, the affidavit says Armstrong admitted to having sex with the victim at his dad’s house. Police say the assault happened at a home in the 1700 block of Windsor Road. The Austin Business Journal reported[1] in 2018 that Lance Armstrong put a home on that block of Windsor Road on the market in March 2018 and it sold in June.

Leavitt said the claim that sexual contact between the victim and Armstrong solely occurred on that one June night is false. The attorney said that the two maintained a relationship for several months that summer.

“It wasn’t a one-time thing,” Leavitt said. “They had something of a relationship going on for a brief period of time.”

APD interviewed multiple people who were connected to the victim and had previous conversations about the incident. Most told police that the victim indicated that she was sexually assaulted. One friend, however, told police that the sex was consensual, the affidavit says.

Armstrong was granted and released on a personal recognizance bond Tuesday, Armstrong’s attorney Randy Leavitt said. The family is fully cooperating with the district attorney’s office and Leavitt said he is actively gathering evidence and witness testimonies to prove Armstrong’s innocence.

“A complete review of the facts will confirm what has been alleged absolutely did not occur. And a proper and thorough legal process will exonerate Luke,” Leavitt said.

Armstrong was a walk-on member of the Rice University football team in 2018 and 2019. He opted out of the 2020 season, due to COVID-19, according to a spokesperson with Rice Athletics. Rice University confirmed Armstrong is still a student at the school.

References

  1. ^ The Austin Business Journal reported (www.bizjournals.com)

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