Crash victim Robert Duckworth cycles from Lands End to John O'Groats after miracle recovery (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Crash victim Robert Duckworth cycles from Lands End to John O'Groats after miracle recovery
6:00am Monday 7th October 2013 in News
The family of a Bingley teenager put in a coma by a horror car smash feared he might not see his next birthday.
But Robert Duckworth made a miracle recovery from injuries he suffered when his Citroen Saxo was struck side-on by a Range Rover in 2007.
And six years later – with 14 metres of platinum wire in his brain – he has cycled from John O’ Groats to Lands End in 10 days to raise cash for the hospital who saved his life.
Mr Duckworth was 17 and had only passed his test two weeks before the accident, which happened in Saltaire as he drove up Victoria Road to the notorious Saltaire Road junction.
“He didn’t see the junction because of the trees and was hit by a Range Rover coming down from Saltaire roundabout,” said his sister Alison Duckworth.
“Robert suffered severe brain damage from the impact and spent four weeks in an induced coma. He was transferred to the neuro intensive care unit at LGI where he spent four weeks fighting for his life.
“We were told he may not survive and if he did he would may need a lot of support for the rest of his life and may never be the same person again.
“But he made an incredible recovery, including having 14 metres of microfine platinum wire being bound round a brain artery which was flooding his right eye with blood.”
Mr Duckworth went on to gain a degree in 3D design at Falmouth University and now works as a designer for a packaging firm in Durham.
His parents Ken and Julie, of Gilstead, shadowed Robert and friend Sam Barton in their motor home during the marathon 10-day ride, which has raised at least £1,060.
Mr Duckworth, 24, said: “After the accident the doctors said I wouldn’t be the same person and would struggle with things, but I’m pretty much back to normal now.”
His fundraising website is at justgiving.com/robduckworth