Phone4U billionaire John Caudwell, 69, denounces “barbaric” Italian hospital treatment

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Phone4U billionaire John Caudwell slammed the ‘barbaric’ Italian hospital treatment he received following the ‘horrific’ bicycle accident that left him fighting for his life and requiring multiple surgeries after a freak accident, he saw him break 11 bones while on vacation.

The 69-year-old mogul, who was airlifted to hospital in Florence, Italy, in August this year after the front tire of his bike exploded as he descended one of the stunning mountains of the region at 25 mph, says he has “never been treated so badly in his life by a hospital or staff.

John, who lives in a 45,000-square-foot Mayfair mansion, was cycling with his girlfriend and former Olympic cyclist Modesta Vzesniauskaite, 37, before his annual bike fundraiser when he suffered the horrific accident that l ‘left barely conscious.

“I was in Italy for a week, then I was transferred to Monaco for a week. It was horrible because I was really badly crushed – a punctured lung and all those fractures, and I always tested positive on a Covid PCR test five weeks ago, so they put me on a Covid ward ‘ ‘he explained, addressing OK! magazine.

Phones 4U founder John Caudwell, 69, was airlifted to hospital in Florence, Italy after the front tire of his bike exploded as he descended one of the stunning mountains of the region.

Tycoon criticized the 'barbaric' Italian hospital treatment he received following the 'horrific' bicycle accident that left him fighting for his life and needing multiple surgeries

Tycoon criticized the ‘barbaric’ Italian hospital treatment he received following the ‘horrific’ bicycle accident that left him fighting for his life and needing multiple surgeries

Caudwell managed to call his companion, Modesta Vzesniauskaite, while another motorist called an ambulance.  In the photo, together

Caudwell managed to call his companion, Modesta Vzesniauskaite, while another motorist called an ambulance. In the photo, together

“Everyone was dressed in hazmat suits and Modesta was not allowed to visit me, and very few spoke a word of English. The Italian hospital, for many reasons, was a real nightmare.

‘It was pretty barbaric. I have never been treated so badly in my life by a hospital or by the staff. I was in horrible pain.

Caudwell managed to call his companion, Modesta Vzesniauskaite, while another motorist called an ambulance.

Recalling the terrifying moment when John told her that he had been in an accident and was “all crushed”, she said, “I was on my way and I had the most terrible thought. I’m like, “I managed to have a son, move to the UK and have a happy family – and now I’m going to lose it all.”

Aftermath: Caudwell was cycling with his girlfriend and former Olympic cyclist Modesta Vzesniauskaite, 37, ahead of his annual bike fundraiser when the front tire on his bike exploded (pictured above)

Aftermath: Caudwell was cycling with his girlfriend and former Olympic cyclist Modesta Vzesniauskaite, 37, ahead of his annual bike fundraiser when the front tire on his bike exploded (pictured above)

After a five-day stay in an emergency medical facility, John's collapsed lung was successfully re-inflated after doctors pierced his chest

After a five-day stay in an emergency medical facility, John’s collapsed lung was successfully re-inflated after doctors pierced 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

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

Rather than attending his annual Caudwell children's charity fundraiser on September 24, he cheered on attendees from his wheelchair.

Rather than attending his annual Caudwell children’s charity fundraiser on September 24, he cheered on attendees from his wheelchair.

She went on to say that she had prayed that her other half would be fine after doctors told her he needed “serious” surgery and feared having to tell her children about it.

John received treatment for a punctured lung, a broken collarbone, a broken scapula and six broken ribs and after a five-day stay in an emergency medical facility, his collapsed lung was successfully re-inflated after doctors sent him back. pierced the chest.

He was then transferred to a hospital closer to his home in Monaco – where a plate was inserted into his collarbone.

However, it was not all gloomy for the couple who welcomed their first son William John Caudwell together in March of this year.

But as Modesta went through her “amazing” pregnancy and said she “could have four more,” John added that he needed to recover from her shoulder injuries first.

“I would think about it,” he said. “My main goal is to get healthy. I think of nothing but my own health, my family and charity. When I recover and William may be six months older, and if Modesta charms me enough … ‘

Despite the horror crash, Caudwell was able to call his girlfriend and former Olympic cyclist Modesta Vzesniauskaite, 37, while a passing motorist called for an ambulance.  Above: The couple pictured together at the Monaco Grand Prix, May 2021

Despite the horror crash, Caudwell was able to call his girlfriend and former Olympic cyclist Modesta Vzesniauskaite, 37, while a passing motorist called for an ambulance. Above: The couple pictured together at 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.

He was then transferred to a hospital closer to his home in Monaco – where a plate was inserted into his collarbone.


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