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Brain damaged drink drive victim's 'miraculous' recovery
12:33pm Friday 4th October 2013 in News
A DAD has spoken of his miraculous recovery after being left brain damaged by a drink driver.
Ian Foster, aged 50, of Burfield Road, Appleton, has learnt to talk, read and write again after being hit by a car.
The driver was over the limit.
“My life completely changed,” he said.
“I was unconscious for at least a month, then I was in hospital for another month.
“I can’t speak like I used to, or write, but I nearly died and I’m still here so I’ll just keep looking forward.”
Ian was enjoying an evening walk with wife Pauline on London Road on March 6 last year when they heard the sound of a speeding car.
Standing in the 30mph road Ian warned Pauline to get out of the way before he was hit by a Ford Focus travelling at between 50 and 60mph.
It was driven by Paul Critchley, aged 30, of Church Street, Great Budworth, Northwich, who had overtaken two cars before crashing into his victim.
He had drunk four pints of beer at Thelwall British Legion before getting behind the wheel.
Emergency treatment administered by a doctor and nurse driving the two cars Critchley sped past saved Ian’s life.
Critchley was jailed for 16 months at Warrington Crown Court in September last year.
Following the crash, Ian spent a month in intensive care, with family told he may never recover from serious brain damage.
A self-employed IT consultant with an engineering degree, he had to re-learn basic functions.
He began to speak again a month after the collision, and two weeks later movement came back in his arms and legs.
The dad-of-two has since undergone an intensive programme of speech therapy, and can now speak clearly.
He started a course in English and maths at Warrington Collegiate in September and is progressing well.
Ian is unlikely to ever work in IT again but is determined to be positive.
“My memory isn’t what it used to be and my balance is off, which means no heights or lifting.
“But I’m in slow recovery and I hope to keep moving on.
“I don’t dwell on what happened and only look to the future.
“I’d like to thank everyone that has helped me.”
LYNDON Foster is taking on a 12 mile endurance course to raise money for the brain injury charity that supported his dad.
The 22-year-old, of Burfield Road, Appleton, will compete in the Tough Mudder event in Cheshire on Saturday for Headway.
He said: “When I went to hospital after the accident dad was on death’s door.
“We are a close family and it was hard to see him like that.
“We had to stick together and help him as much as we could.
“He is a very positive bloke and I’ve not heard him complain once in 18 months.
“Headway were there if we had any questions and we would’ve been lost without them.”
Lyndon, a radiographer at Warrington Hospital, will now attempt the assault course which features ice baths, fire and electric shock fields.
To sponsor him go to justgiving.com\lyndon-foster.
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