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Jon Sopel’s Near Miss

5th July 2012

Jon Sopel, news presenter and awards host, tells the Mail Online about how the biggest day of his life turned into a disaster.

It was the day that Jon should have been presenting the BBC’s coverage of the Chancellor’s spending review and then chairing a debate between the Cabinet Secretary, Sir Gus O’Donnell, and the CEO of pharmaceutical conglomerate GlaxoSmithKline on the links between Whitehall and industry in a time of austerity.

He left home without breakfast, and hadn’t got far on his Vespa when he went up the outside lane of stationary traffic and as the lights changed he moved into a gap that had opened. His front wheel wobbled and started to slide.

The back of the bike swung round violently and threw him off. He realised that all was not well when he tried to stand up and couldn’t put any weight on his right leg at all.

Somehow he wedged his right leg on to the running board and wobbled off. The pain was growing exponentially and Jon headed to the A&E department of the nearest hospital.

He had broken his hip.

Jon’s colleague, Laura Kuenssberg, was scrambled to replace him at the BBC.

So after six weeks on crutches non-weight-bearing, a further six weeks weight-bearing, and then another three months with a stick, Jon is back on screens and on speaking platforms all over the country!

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