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Isle of Sheppey Superbike champion Shane 'Shakey' Byrne back in hospital following crash

By KentOnline reporter

A Kent superbike champion who suffered spinal injuries during a crash in Norfolk last month is back in hospital.

Shane "Shakey" Byrne, from the Isle of Sheppey, crashed during a testing session as teams prepared for the Bennetts Superbike Championship on Thursday, May 17.

He was taken to the intensive care unit at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital following the crash at Snetterton after briefly losing consciousness.

Having rough morning. Back in hospital 😢

A post shared by Petra Byrne (@petra.byrne) on

Mr Byrne was treated for spinal fractures and social media posts showed him returning home on Tuesday in a brace while travelling in a helicopter.

His neck and back brace had been fitted with four bolts drilled into his skull to ensure maximum stability during recovery.

However his wife, Petra, updated her 15,000 Twitter followers and 4,249 Instagram followers on Sunday morning with the news that Mr Byrne was back in hospital.

Shane 'Shakey' Byrne
Shane 'Shakey' Byrne

The mother-of-two posted a picture of him, along with the caption: "Having rough morning. Back in hospital."

Scores of well-wishers have since been sending the couple their support and, at about 1.30pm today, Mr Byrne updated his fans on his condition.

He tweeted: "Pleased to report that everything's back under control now, got rushed into hospital yesterday with chest pains and told it was either a heart attack, a blood clot on my lungs or internal bleeding.

"A CT scan's confirmed it's pneumonia which can be treated with antibiotics."

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