Man who learned how to walk again after near-fatal accidents, raises funds for centre

Man who learned how to walk again after near-fatal accidents, raises funds for centre

by Danielle Thompson (August 2020)

A FORMBY man who had to build his life back up from scratch not once, but twice, after two near-fatal accidents, has raised more than £1,000 for the medical centre which saved his life.

Colin Flynn, 51, was only 20 when he was involved in his first road traffic accident in 1989. He suffered a major head injury and was moved from Southport Hospital to the Walton Centre where he was in a coma for three weeks.

Following an operated, Colin came out of his coma but had to learn to walk again.

Then, horror struck once more when Colin was knocked down at Manchester Airport when returning from holiday. He was taken to Salford Royal and was put into an induced coma.

Colin recovered but had to learn to walk yet again before a fall caused him to break his hip, making his recovery all the harder.

After being inspired by Captain Tom’s record-breaking fundraiser for the NHS, Colin took on 100 lengths of the close where he lives and has raised £1,070 for the Walton Centre.

His sister, Amanda, said: “Colin has managed to carve out a new life for himself and worked part time for 20 years at St Joseph’s. But it was travelling independently and walking that became his passion.

“Tragically, returning from a holiday in 2016, Colin was knocked down at Manchester Airport.

“It has taken sheer determination and positivity that has enabled Colin to pick himself back up and, although he hasn't been able to return to work, he has been fully engaged in major rehabilitation over the past four years. Even though a fall resulted in a broken hip in September 2019, he is determined to keep mobile.

“He was discharged from hospital weeks later with a walking frame and has since worked tirelessly with his physiotherapy team to increase his walking distance and by Christmas of that year he was no longer reliant on a frame and walked with the aid of a stick.

“After seeing the inspirational work of the NHS and the amazing feats of Captain Tom, Colin was motivated to walk 100 lengths of his close with out his walking stick.

“He was able to raise £,1070 for the Walton centre and many of his friends, family and neighbours cheered on the last session. He is extremely proud of what he has achieved as are his rehab team and family.”

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