Phone4U billionaire John Caudwell has rejected the ‘barbaric’ Italian hospital treatment he received after the ‘horrific’ cycling accident that left him fighting for his life and requiring multiple surgeries. after a freak accident saw him break 11 bones while on vacation.
The 69-year-old tycoon was airlifted to hospital in Florence, Italy after his bicycle’s front tire exploded as he descended one of the region’s breathtaking mountains at 40kph, claiming he had “never been so bad in his life.” has been treated by a hospital or staff. ‘
John, who lives in a 45,000-square-foot Mayfair mansion, was cycling with girlfriend and former Olympic cyclist Modesta Vzesniauskaite, 37, prior to his annual bicycle fundraiser when he suffered the horrific accident that left him barely conscious.
“I was in Italy for a week and then transferred to Monaco for a week. It was horrific because I was really badly beaten – a punctured lung and all these fractures, and I was still testing positive for a Covid PCR test five weeks earlier, so they put me in a Covid ward,” he explained, in conversation with OKAY! magazine.
Phones 4U founder John Caudwell, 69, was flown to hospital in Florence, Italy after his bike’s front tire exploded while descending one of the region’s beautiful mountains
The tycoon turned down the ‘barbaric’ Italian hospital treatment he received after the ‘horrific’ bicycle accident, which left him fighting for his life and requiring multiple surgeries.
Caudwell managed to call his partner, Modesta Vzesniauskaite, while another motorist called an ambulance. Together in the picture
“Everyone was dressed in hazmat suits and Modesta wasn’t allowed to visit me, and very few people spoke a word of English. The Italian hospital was a real nightmare for all sorts of reasons.’
“It felt quite barbaric. I have never been treated so badly by a hospital or staff in my life. I was in terrible pain.’
Caudwell managed to call his partner, Modesta Vzesniauskaite, while another motorist called an ambulance.
Recalling the terrifying moment when John told her he’d been in an accident and “got all beaten up,” she said, “I was on my way and had the most horrible thought. I thought, ‘I’ve managed to have a son, move to the UK and have a happy family – and now I’m going to lose all that.’
Aftermath: Caudwell had been cycling with girlfriend and former Olympic cyclist Modesta Vzesniauskaite, 37, ahead of his annual bicycle fundraiser when his bike’s front tire exploded (pictured above)
After spending five days in an emergency medical facility, John’s collapsed lung was successfully re-inflated after doctors drilled into his chest
John (pictured above in hospital) praised his helmet for saving his life and described how the accident left him unable to breathe and in excruciating pain
Instead of participating in his annual Caudwell Children’s charity fundraiser on September 24, he encouraged participants from his wheelchair
She went on to say she prayed her other half would be okay after the doctors told her he needed “serious” surgery, and was concerned he’d have to tell his kids.
John was treated for a punctured lung, broken collarbone, shattered shoulder blade and six broken ribs and after spending five days in an emergency medical facility, his collapsed lung was successfully re-inflated after doctors drilled into his chest.
He was then taken to a hospital closer to his home in Monaco, where a plate was inserted into his collarbone.
However, it has not been all doom and gloom for the couple who welcomed their first son William John Caudwell together in March of this year.
But while Modesta praised her “amazing” pregnancy and said she “could have four more,” John added that he needs to recover from his shoulder injuries first.
“I’d consider it,” he said. “My most important thing is getting healthy again. I think about nothing but my own health, my family and charity. When I’m over this and William is maybe half a year older again, and if Modesta charms me enough…’
Despite the horror crash, Caudwell was able to call his girlfriend and ex-Olympic cyclist Modesta Vzesniauskaite, 37, as a passing motorist called an ambulance. Above: The couple in the picture together during the Monaco Grand Prix, May 2021
He was then transferred to a hospital closer to his home in Monaco – where a plate was inserted into his collarbone