I have cyclists who come here in late October every year, they always bring their own helmets, bike bags, and other bike accessories that are personal to them.
This year was no exception and when the cyclists had finished a good lunch up on the Kantara-mountains, they slowly started to make their decent down to Bogaz village.
I drove there to paint the yellow arrows on the road, so that my guests would know what route to take, shortly after I received a call that a lady cyclist had been run over. I turned back immediately and rushed towards the scene. The lady was sat next to the roadside with a big crack in her helmet and suffering from a lot of pain to her arm. I offered to call an ambulance for her but she refused, she was certainly not going by ambulance, so I offered to drive her to the hospital.
All said and done, she sat in the bus and I drove with hazard lights on to the nearest hospital which was in Famagusta. When using the hazard lights while driving the other cars automatically give you way because they understand that it is an emergency.
I drove into the hospital area and asked the staff for help. They quickly brought a wheelchair and she was rushed directly into the emergency room where the staff immediately called for the radiologist. While we were waiting in the emergency room staff took care of her; they cleaned the wounds, examined, and took various samples.
After about 30 minutes they x-rayed her arm and were told that a doctor would come shortly to read the results. It turned out that she had a cracked wrist so they bandaged the whole arm. The doctor also wanted her to stay for a few hours to keep her under observation for concussion, but she refused; she wanted to return to her group.
From the time we drove into the hospital area until she was finished took about 3 hours total.
She was worried that she did not have enough money to pay the hospital bills and that’s when the doctor turned to her and said in English: “I am sorry that you have had a hard time here in North Cyprus, we offer this, our service is free of charge!”
She didn’t understand; this cannot be true! So she asked me what it cost. I repeated what the doctor had said and she just shook her head: “Nothing is ever free anywhere!” Was her response. “Well, if you have an emergency in North Cyprus it is,” I replied with a smile.
I ordered a new ticket for the customer and she took the flight home to Sweden the day after. She wanted the Swedish health care to look at her injury immediately.
I was then told that the doctor down here had done a fantastic job and there was nothing to complain about.
So in the end everything went well. Without a helmet, I don’t know what would have happened, so always use a bicycle helmet, even for short bike rides.