Dad overcomes life-threatening injuries to walk his daughter down the aisle (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Dad overcomes life-threatening injuries to walk his daughter down the aisle
A MOTORCYCLIST who suffered life-threatening injuries after a collision with a horse box made an amazing recovery to walk his daughter down the aisle on her wedding day.
Graham Holdsworth, of Horden, County Durham, was in a coma for three weeks after the incident on the A168, near Thirsk, North Yorkshire, in September last year.
He was left with multiple injuries, including a fractured skull, smashed pelvis and shattered legs.
After extensive medical attention at the roadside, he was airlifted to the James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough.
Mr Holdsworth said: “They didn’t think I was going to survive.”
His family were braced for the worst, but Mr Holdsworth slowly began to improve.
After months of rehabilitation, he forced himself out of his wheelchair and onto his crutches in time to walk his daughter down the aisle on her wedding day.
He added: “There were a lot of goals along the way but that was my main one. It meant so much to me and my family.”
Mr Holdsworth’s daughter Cleo Millgate, 29, of Darlington, said: “Throughout his recovery, and even when he was unconscious, I kept saying to him ‘you’re walking me down the aisle, you’ve got six months’. It did give him focus.
“It was the proudest moment of my life to have him by my side, walking me down the aisle on my wedding day. It’s difficult to express how much that meant.
“I can’t thank the air ambulance medics enough for what they have done for our family.”
Mr Holdsworth was treated by medics from the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS).
His partner, Barbara Petrie, of Norton, near Stockton, is raising funds for the charity.
She said: “It really was a miracle. Without the air ambulance getting him to hospital so quickly, it would have been a very different story.”
Mandy Drake, deputy director at GNAAS, said: “It is great to hear that Graham is on the mend.
“The money raised by Barbara will go directly to keep the aircraft flying so that the service can continue to fly life-saving missions throughout the region.”
Ms Petrie takes part in the Middlesbrough 10k this weekend. To sponsor her, visit createanddonate.co.uk/to/middlesbrough-10k-september-8th/
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