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Boy to return home one year after cycling accident

Posted in: Bicycle Accidents Head and Brain Injuries Road Traffic Accidents 

16-year-old Ryan Smith is finally set to return home after spending one year in a specialist rehab centre following a serious cycling accident. The teenager was left with severe brain damage following the incident that happened in July 2013. Ryan was hit by a van while cycling to work, leaving him in a coma and with severe brain injuries.

Ryan’s family drove more than 27,000 miles just to visit their son each day in Surrey where he was receiving specialist care. The Children’s Trust centre is around 200 miles away from their home. Now, however, Ryan’s family have successfully adapted their new home to accommodate his care needs and assist his recovery.

“His friends will be able to visit again”

His father, Mark Smith, said that being able to see his friends and family again should be very beneficial for his recovery. He said: “His friends will be able to visit again because it won’t be a 400-mile round trip anymore and hopefully he [Ryan] will make those first steps out of the chair.

A family friend, Eric Jackson, assisted the family in altering their house to accommodate Ryan’s needs. The changes to their house in Chapel St Leonards near Skegness have been partly funded by East Lindsey District Council.

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