Crash dad makes miracle recovery

A FATHER of two who suffered horrendous injuries when his car went through the wall of a primary school earlier this year is well on his way to recovery - and has even got married

A FATHER of two who suffered horrendous injuries when his car went through the wall of a primary school earlier this year is well on his way to recovery - and has even got married.Kelvin McIlwain, who lives in Beaufort Close, Elborough Village, had serious head injuries, a dislocated ankle, a bruised lung, split spleen and dislocated hip and had to be cut free from his blue Rover 25 outside Hutton Primary School in March.At one point doctors didn't think he would be able to walk again.But the 26-year-old, who spent three months in hospital, at Frenchay and at the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit in Bristol, is back at work part-time at the BIFFA recycling centre in Winterstoke Road, and is driving again.The former Broadoak Community School pupil, who married his long term partner Carley at The Royal Hotel in Weston last month, said: "The last thing I remember before the accident was being in the pub but police have confirmed I wasn't over the limit."It was then three weeks after being in hospital that I started to come round. "I still have some problems with my ankle and hip but the doctors have said my brain injury should clear up completely within two years."Every doctor I have seen has said how surprised they are at the speed of my recovery. At one point they didn't even think I would be able to walk again."I was in a wheelchair for the first two months and then a zimmer frame but now I don't need any help to get around." Kelvin's wife Carley, who together have two children, Ronnie aged three and Charlie aged one, said she was told by doctors at one point that Kelvin could die.The 23-year-old full-time mum, said: "It took 50 minutes to cut Kelvin out of the car and he stopped breathing three times."When he was first admitted to Weston General Hospital they told me the brain damage could be permanent and that they were worried about transferring him to Frenchay in case his spleen ruptured and he bled to death."They said I could lose him."Kelvin, who used to play for South Park Rangers football team before the accident, is hoping to start playing for Weston United as soon as possible. Every time his son Ronnie, who attends Hutton nursery, walks past the hole in the wall he tells his friends 'my dad did that!'


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