A teenager who suffered a devastating spinal stroke less than a year ago has stood for the first time.
Luke Davies, aged 14, had been left paralysed following his ordeal on New Year’s Eve.
The sporty schoolboy, from Rhuddlan, Wales, has required intensive medical treatment in the eight months since and is currently undergoing the next stage of his rehabilitation at the nationally renowned Stoke Mandeville Hospital.
This month his parents were delighted that with the aid of a mobility frame he was able to stand for the very first time since the stroke.
A photo of the inspirational moment was posted on social media by proud mum Lara and received a flurry of comments from well-wishers.
Luke had been a fit and sporty teenager when he suffered the stroke over the festive period; a tragedy which affected him so severely that he was unable to breathe unaided.
He has gradually been weaned off a ventilator and the next major milestone was him being able to rise to his feet again.
Speaking to the Daily Post, mum Lara said: “Now the whole attention of his treatment will concentrate on his physiotherapy.
“He has reasonable movement in hands and arms, and some movement in his legs.
“The specialists feel that with intense physio Luke will do well, although we still don’t know how much recovery he will achieve, only time will tell.
“Luke still has months of intense rehabilitation but with a lot of hard work and great determination from Luke we are sure he will win through. All we can do is hope.”
Thousands of people have backed a fundraising campaign to aid the teenager’s rehabilitation. A number of celebrities have voiced their support for the appeal, including former Man Utd footballer Danny Higginbotham and one-time Baywatch actor David Hasselhoff.
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