THE FESTIVE season is hectic enough in most households, but spare a thought for the Harris clan this Christmas.
Great Britain star Chris Harris and wife Emma-Louise are expecting a third addition to the family within the next two months, joining 10-year-old Mia-Faye and one-year-old AmaraMae.
A magical time it may be, but Bomber would rather not be negotiating it with his arm in plaster. The Cornishman recently underwent surgery to finally repair the broken scaphoid he suffered at Eastbourne on April 13.
He was ordered to take six weeks off by surgeons after the operation. But Harris – like many speedway riders – decided to take the fast route back.
“In speedway, you don’t get six weeks,” he said. “If I’d had six weeks off, I would have been jobless. So I took the risk and rode with it. It was painful all season. I just had to get on with it. We knew I’d probably end up having it operated on in the winter.
“The screw came loose so it didn’t really heal. Luckily, there was still blood getting around the scaphoid, so they took a bone graft from my hip, shaped it and put it in there. They put two more screws in there to keep it in place and hopefully this will work. I have to be in plaster now for eight weeks.”
Harris says it was a successful but arduous operation and he was forced to stay in hospital overnight while the effects of the anaesthetic wore off.
Surgery comes with the territory for speedway riders. But Harris is grateful to have gone under the knife less frequently than most – some feat given that his racing style can hardly be described as conservative.
“To be fair, I have been lucky,” he said. “I haven’t had many operations. I broke my collar-bone at Eastbourne in 2013 and I was in and out with that in a day. I had that pinned and plated. Luckily, I haven’t had too many stays in hospital over my career.
Body repair work in the winter comes with the territory for a speedway rider – and Chris Harris is one who finds himself in plaster right now, the legacy of an operation to fix a long-standing scaphoid injury. But at least he has plenty to look forward to this Christmas, as PAUL BURBIDGE discovered
“I have been lucky over the years that I have been able to bounce well. I am getting older now and I don’t seem to bounce as well. But we’ll keep going. I am still enjoying it. Crashing is part of the job.”
He isn’t the only member of the Harris household nursing broken bones. Emma-Louise has been hobbling around with a fractured foot for 11 weeks.
Harris said: “It’s not healing because of baby taking all the goodness it needs. The doctors have pretty much said that until baby is born, her foot is not going to heal. So she’s hobbling around while trying to look after two girls and me. Between us, we look like we’ve been in the ring with Anthony Joshua!”
This cloud has the brightest of silver linings and Harris can’t wait to become a dad again. He admits he may not have to wait long.
Bomber said: “It’s supposed to be due in February, but the midwife told us to expect it any time now. So we’re rushing around trying to make sure things are ready in case baby makes an early arrival.”
With two girls in the house already, Chris and Emma-Louise would love to welcome a baby boy into the family, although ‘penny-pinching’ Bomber is slightly conflicted.
4 speedway star December 28, 2019