Memory Loss "Has Taken The Fun Out Of Marriage"

James Cracknell speaks about accident that almost cost him his life

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Although he amazed doctors with his recovery, Olympian James Cracknell has spoken for the first time about the lasting affects of his near fatal road accident.

The 38 year old, who lives in Chiswick with his TV presenter wife Beverley Turner and their two children, said he suffers from short term memory loss to such an extent he cannot be left alone with his children in case he leaves dangerous items lying around.

The double gold medal-winning rower was being filmed riding a bicycle along an Arizona road when he was hit by a truck on 20th July 2010. He suffered a fractured skull and bruising to the brain.

Cracknell said he had a "lost" seven or eight weeks in hospital and now needs to see a neurologist regularly. He also says the accident has "taken the fun out" of his marriage. "I could watch a film, then the next day have no recollection of it," he told Radio Times. "I would get angry with things that wouldn't have bothered me before."

The couple discovered they were expecting their child just 10 days after the accident. "I feel a bit useless. I can't help out," he said.

March 15, 2011