Purrington to be released to rehab hospital

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By Vicky Gits

Julia Purrington of Evergreen, 34, is recovering from a fractured left kneecap and severely torn ligaments in her right knee and is expected to be released from Littleton Adventist Hospital into a rehabilitation hospital this week.

Purrington was seriously injured in a bicycle accident on Rampart Range Road near Chatfield Reservoir on Aug. 22.

She said from the hospital that she had a couple of surgeries on her knees and is waiting for the results of an MRI on her shoulder.

She doesn’t remember much about the accident except that she was out in front of a group of six people riding toward an intersection when an SUV made a left turn on a green light, colliding with her and Richard Paradis.

“Richard hit the windshield. From what I have been told, I was struck head-on and hit the front bumper and the wheel and was under the car,” Purrington said.

Paradis was put into an induced coma and is being returned to consciousness this week.

Purrington is not allowed to put any weight on her legs and can’t say when she is expected to be walking again.

She had planned to fly to Australia in September to compete in the ITU Triathlon World Championships Olympic Distance (1,500-meter swim, 40K cycle, 10K run) among more than 2,000 athletes from around the world on Sept. 12.

Julia’s friend, Kathleen Allen of Evergreen, said Julia’s best race was an Ironman race in Lake Placid in 2008, which she finished in 11 hours and 11 minutes. Allen was also seriously injured in a biking accident in 2007.

“Some of the joy of flying down the road on a bicycle is just gone for me,” Allen said. “It’s a hard thing to see someone have to go through. I wouldn’t want to put my family through that again.”