I'm writing a fanfic of Lewis and I have a plot line where the younger character, Sgt Hathaway, is kidnapped.
I'm not going to go into details of what actually happens to him in the story, its mostly going to be a fic about Lewis and Innocent (The boys' boss) worrying about him and visiting him in hospital and his subsequent recovery.
I need to know whether the injuries I have so far would be slow recovering and would mean he spent time in a wheelchair / unable to live alone. Ideally, I'd like to have him having to live with Lewis for as long as it would take. I've searched for the different injuries but they don't have information on how the different injuries would complicate each other. Such as; Would a broken hand mean that he couldn't use a wheelchair? Would he be given a motorised on that could be controlled with one hand? Would he not be given a chair at all, but taught how to handle a crutch with one hand instead?
The injuries that I have sort of got so far are:
- Broken Fingers/Hand (however I am aware that a broken hand is often never fully fixed)
- A broken ankle/leg.
- Cracked Rib or two (but not serious enough to puncture lungs or anything)
- Possibly been strangled a little so he would have a hoarse voice for a while.
- And the obvious bruises and cuts that would go with it.
Basically I think my question is how long this would roughly take for him to fully recover? Would he be able to go home (His or Lewis') before he is fully recovered? Or would he be in hospital for the duration? Are these injuries ok for a relatively long recovery time? Are there any other injuries that would be realistic/beneficial to the plot line? Also any treatment knowledge would be very very helpful.
Search terms used: broken ankle wrist and ribs recovery time, recovery of various breaks, when can someone come home from hospital after broken hand, when is a wheelchair issued from hospital.
Thank you very much in advance :)
EDIT: Lewis is set in Oxford, England, nowadays (in 2012). I forgot to put that in before.