You would be wise to see the doctor and, if s/he pronounces flying as OK, obtain a note from him/her to that effect. You may have to pay for the note but that is better than what happened to our 85 year old friend who turned up expecting to fly and was turned away because she did not have a doctor's note.
Last edited by Sunnyjohn; 22nd Jan 2012 at 12:56.
Reason: Equal opps
There is normally a time limit between the bone breaking and the flight starting, which, normally is in the order of a few days. There would be no harm in also contacting the airline in advance to find out their rules.
This same injury happened to a friend the day before she was due to fly home. She was not allowed to fly due to the possibility of the wrist swelling inside the cast so recently applied. She spent an extra night with us and was allowed to fly the following day. Best check with the airline and your son's doctor but based on our experience you shouldn't have a problem.
For heavens sake check with your airline. Various airlines have different procedures and follow different guidelines so whilst we can probably all advise you what we know but ultimately it's best finding out from the horses mouth.
Ah! Easyflyer - as we are flying with your airline perhaps you can advise??
Anyway, the wrist is broken in an odd place (more a chip at the base of the hand then the wrist itself I understand) so no need for a cast; just a sling for a couple of weeks and it should heal itself by then. We are obtaining a letter from the doctors to say he CAN fly. If not we are are going to cancel.
He should be absolutely fine to fly. In July I managed a displaced compound fracture (clean snap) of the wrist (radius) knocking around with a football - I actually stupidly tried a bicycle kick, which the doctors found hilarious. That was exactly 14 days before flying to the Costa del Sol. I then needed an operation to screw the arm back together, which I received exactly 7 days before flying. That was general anaesthetic and an overnighter in hospital.
Despite all that, I just had to call into the GP a couple of days after my op to check my temperature, the practice nurse removed the bandage from my arm and I put on a velcro splint with a piece of metal in it.
Upshot is, with any luck, even if it is a pretty serious break (fingers crossed it's not) he should be OK for holidays/travelling.
But that won't matter, will it, because you're the kind of responsible parent that has proper holiday insurance (bit of a thing of mine, sorry).
Coincidentally, (and apologies for thread drift) my father was flown back from Geneva to Birmingham by Air Ambulance. Absolutely amazing (Dutch) crew, incredibly slickly planned/done. I never saw the bill for it, but thank God we had proper insurance.
Have a great time Espada. There's certainly plenty of good snow about!