As most of you know, Boothy crashed at Joey’s during a qualifying session at the 2022 Isle of Man TT races and suffered significant leg injuries, as well as a few other complications. He was conscious and airlifted by helicopter to Noble’s before being transferred by plane to Liverpool the same night.
We’ve been overwhelmed by messages of support and people wanting to know how Boothy is, but haven’t been able to update you guys because of the severity of the situation. Well, as things have become slightly more stable, the man himself has typed these very words from his hospital bed. Over to you, Boothy…
“First of all, I just want to say how humbling it’s been to have received so much love and support over the last few weeks. After I crashed at the TT on the last night of practice, I’ve been inundated with messages from people all over the world and it really has lifted my spirits.
“Secondly, I just want to apologise for not being able to reply to everyone that has sent well wishes whilst I’ve been coping with some of the most difficult days of my life.
“Please don’t take it personally; other than the amazing doctors, nurses and medical staff that have been looking after me, I’ve barely spoken to anyone since the accident. It’s not because I haven’t wanted to, it’s because I haven’t been able to. I had ten trips to theatre in the first two weeks, which was really fucking exhausting. And when I wasn’t in theatre, I was either in too much pain, or on too many drugs to keep my eyes open. It was, and still really is, a case of resting as much as possible.
“But because it’s become clear that so many people are so genuinely concerned, I thought I’d try and give you as much of an update as I can.
“Both femurs were broken in the crash, but they were amongst the first to receive treatment, so I’m quietly confident about those, in the longer term.
“There is also some spinal damage, higher up the back, which could prove problematic, but needs more investigation before they can say for sure.
“The injuries to the lower legs were fairly serious, with some quite nasty bone and soft tissue damage. The left tib and fib have been fixed, and the docs said the operation went really well. Unfortunately, the damage to the right lower leg was too bad, and despite the surgeons’ best efforts, they weren’t able to save it, so one of the trips to theatre was to amputate my right leg, just below the knee.
“Losing my leg has been one of the most difficult things to get my head round and, if I’m being honest, the main reason this update has taken so long to come. It’s hard to explain something like that to others, when you’ve not really come to terms with it yourself.
“But the more I think about it, the more I realise that actually, losing a leg doesn’t have to be that big of a deal, if you don’t want it to be. I’ve seen people run marathons, climb mountains, race bikes and do all sorts of stuff, with prosthetic limbs. Things will be different, but it’s not the end of the world…. and crashing where I did, could (and probably should) have been a lot worse.
“Recovery-wise, it’s definitely not going to be speedy. All of my separate injuries are fairly hefty by themselves, and dealing with them all properly, all at the same time, is tough. The road ahead is going to be long one. And probably full of massive bumps and some seriously hard days. But I’ll be doing everything I possibly can to get as fit as I possibly can, as soon as I possibly can.
“And I’ve got some close family and friends around me that I know will be there for me every painful step of the way. I just really hope, for my future-wife Kaye’s sake, that I’m not going to be too horrendous to live with, when they eventually let me out of hospital.
“And I also know, from the past couple weeks, that I’ve got the entire 44Teeth community on my side. As I said before, your messages and comments really have lifted my spirits, and helped me get through some of the most difficult days of my life. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”
Oh Man I was totally gutted finding out what happened to you! I still am! The thing is…it could happen to any of us, and we all know this however, we carry on because we’re literally all a bit mad. I’m so glad things were not more serious, although serious enough. I survived a few in my days and I know that recovery is long, but worth it! I’d like to pass that on to you, because your life goes on forwards, and you will get over this period and you’ll laugh again friend. Yes, you will!
Ah Boothy I was so shocked and saddened when I heard the news about your crash. You are a Legend mate and bring a smile to many a face with a great attitude and sense of humor. Stay positive, with the support of those close to you and your 44teeth family you will bounce back soon. Sending you healing vibes from OZ. take care champ.
Legend. All the best.
You will be back stronger than ever in no time! It will be a journey but think about all the pub stories you’ll have in reserve! You have all the 44 Teethers behind you mate. All waiting to help in any small or large way they can. Take care and keep fighting.
Really shocked to watch/read this. You got balls and character and i am confident you can get back up. Please quit the racing and make sure we can all laugh at the funny 44teeth video’s again!
Wow watching Al yesterday I couldn’t believe what i was hearing i was so shocked and upset i I couldn’t process the situation, when we watch and enjoy 44 Teeth videos its as we know you guys personally which makes it worse.
Boothy keep strong keep Positive and keep that lovely sense of Humour we are all with you, and we look forward to your return when you are ready Bikers Rule
So sorry Boothy to hear about how you’re doing but on the other hand if someone’s going to overcome this dreadful crash, your the fella. I wish you a speedy recovery, just hang in there.
Chris / Al
is there anything set up for donations / financial help for Boothy and his family while he is on the mend and not earning?
If there is?
please send me details and i would happily donate.
Thanks Gordon. We setup a crowdfunder here – https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/mike-boothy-booths-rehabilitation
You are as they say a top guy. You have a tenacity – which will help but most importantly a sense of humour and that will get you through. Wishing you as swift a recovery as possible, you are the Mick Doohan of 44 teeth.
My heart goes out to you Boothy! I hope you have as quick and comfortable a recovery as possible! I’m sure the whole 44teeth community of followers are thinking of you and wishing you well! When you’re ready, I’m sure we’ll all be excited to see you back in front of the camera delivering content in whatever capacity you feel comfortable. You can get through this! We believe in you.
Hey man, keep your head up and as so many others have said, know we’re all behind you. But….you’ve got this.
sending you my best wishes boothy stay strong, the whole motorcycling fraternity are all behind you!!
Hope you get well soon.
As you said Boothy! its hard to explain something when you havent got your head around it yourself.
I can only wish you a speedy and successful recovery.
Im sure AL and Chris want you back behind a mike asap as you are a 3rd and the perfect partner to those 2 other dafties of 44TEETH.
When were having a shit day, we all reach for the ipad and load an episode of 44 TEETH, youve no idea how you help all your fans daily.
All the best in recovery mate and i cant wait to see how you will! inspire us all in the future.
Reading those words reminded me of something Chris said in a News video a couple months back – Boothy would win a theoretical 44Teeth crew fight, because he “WILL NOT GIVE UP.” Fuckin’ right!
Those docs don’t know who they’re dealing with!
My wife was in tears reading that boothy. Wishing you all the best with your recovery. Remember that nothing lasts forever and you will have better days. I’m sure a few of us would like to help you out with a little fundraiser so you have one less thing to worry about. Take care and be kind to yourself.
Those are the bravest and most humbling words I have read in a long time. We are all remote from the reality of these situations, and only get to hear of it when it’s brought to our attention. If you can speak out like that after all you’ve been through in isolation and solitude, then you have taken giant strides. We have never met to my knowledge, but if ever we do, I will be proud to shake your hand. Good luck with recovery, but you are going to be fine in the long term. God Bless xx
All the best, love you in 44 teeth crew
Sending all my wishes and thoughts to the best lad out there! Rest up fella and take it easy. 👍
You can do this!
You hang in there! You Will be back better than ever when this hard time is over 💪 Keep up the good spiritis and get well! 🙂
It’s great to read something from Boothy again, he’s been sorely missed. Wishing him and his family the absolute best in the days, weeks and months ahead.
So sad to hear. Hope your recovery is as speedy as possible. You may have lost your leg but you’ll never lose your amazing character and your brilliant sense of humor. Get well soon.
Keep the spirits up!
Get well soon Boothy cant wait to see you back on a bike, I’m sure you will find away
Shitty stick Boothy! we’re all here sending positive vibes, take your time, we will all be here waiting for you on your return.
Annoyingly you can’t save on socks as you have to buy them in pairs! God damn evil sock making conglomerates, coming here with your two socks!!
Take care Mr B xxx
All of your fellow riders across the pond are pulling for you brother!! Your riding vids are legendary (fuck, fuck, oh fuck…..), and I can’t wait until you’re back on two wheels ringing the neck of a machine I’ll never throw a leg over……with the occasional “fuck” thrown in for good measure. You’ve got this!!! Stay strong!!
Massive respect and a ton of love from London, Mike. Here’s to a future full and happy life and many adventures still to come.
Get well boothy
Much love from India. Praying that you come back to the channel, stronger than ever.
Keep on swinging boothy, everyone is backing you!
All the best matey 👍🏻
Wishing you all the best and a speedy recovery. It’s always a shock reading about motorcycle incidents and is a reminder of what could happen, but when its in your blood you just have to dust yourself down and get going again. I’m sure, if you still want to, you’ll be back in the saddle before you know it. Love the 44teeth channel and hope everyone involved in it, the very best and to keep those spirits up!
“losing a leg doesn’t have to be that big of a deal, if you don’t want it to be”
Legend, warrior, inspiration!
Thinking of you and sending my best wishes for a speedy recovery. Looking forward to seeing you on our screens when your up to it.
get well soon boothy hope to see you back on a bike soon .
Stay strong Boothy. Hoping for a good recovery
Big love to you Boothy, We are all by your side. Please remember this on your new journey and we look forward to following your exploits, whatever they may be, in the future.
You are a top bloke Boothy.
I had a bad accident in 2012 and fortunately my leg was saved. The doctors saying if it gets much worse we will have to amputate was the worst thing 26 year old me could hear. So I am sure your mental turmoil is peaking right now. But know your will pull through and flourish.
gladly have a chat if you ever need one, you aint alone in this.
Jesus, so sorry to hear this! All the best with the recovery, I’m sure it will be a long road but you’ve got everyone behind you!
God bless you and bikers and others worldwide have you in our prayers and so glad you’ve survived the hardest ordeal in life. Now things are on the up and the pain will decrease as you heal. Big love and best wishes from myself and so many others .
Get well and thank you for entertaining us and your words will be an encouragement for others who find themselves in a similar situation as you.
Take care buddy
Good look, you are so strong,you can with all, sure.
Regards for all your family.
Sincerely, Domènec from Barcelona
Well, thats an absolute shocker Mike, I was looking forward to your IOM coverage with huge anticipation because you are great to watch. The loss of a leg does not change that. Hope the pain of it all fucks off asap. Get well soon.
Much love Boothby, I’ve enjoyed all your exploits with 44 teeth, and it’s never over until you give up, which from your heartfelt message I can see you’re not doing. You’re a brilliant guy and a fighter, sorry to hear of you injuries, but the man, the legend, lives on, keep strong. So many people care about you. 👍🏍️
You and the rest of the bikers are daredevils and I respect your temerity. I hope you heal fast and find a new passion equal or greater than the past one.
Get well boothy. I hope you are able to get back on a bike again ❤️
Get well soon dennls
I hope you have a speedy recovery and if you need anything you only have to ask.
When Boothy joined the 44 teeth team I was wondering who this lad was?….seemed like a nice fella but wasn’t sure how he’d work with the other 2 donkeys….I needn’t have worried, your a gas man Boothy, was very sad when I read about your crash and injuries…get well and mind yourself. (They could have cut off something else, you know that thing you’ll need on the wedding night). Get well lad.