Students fasting to raise money for teenager who nearly died in crash near Norwich
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School pupils are taking part in a sponsored fast to raise money for a teenager who nearly died after a crash near Norwich.
Corben Creasey, a student at University Technical College Norfolk, was in hospital for 12 days after he was a passenger in a head-on collision.
His injuries meant he was unable to take his driving test this week and his friends are rasing money for him to have extra driving lessons as he will have to take the newly formatted test.
The 17-year-old, from Great Ellingham, was travelling with three friends in a Ford Fiesta when they were involved in a crash with a VW Touran in Cringleford on November 2.
The driver of the Ford had to be cut from the car and Corben managed to get out of the vehicle before collapsing and was rushed to hospital.
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'When I first got to the hospital they wouldn't let me see him as there were so many medics working on him, that is when it hit me and I just thought the worst,' said Samantha Creasey, Corben's mum.
Staff performed a head to toe CT scan of Corben and results showed he just had a broken collar bone.
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But the following day he was rushed into surgery for the first of two six hour emergency operations on his stomach.
A few days later he then had to have a drain fitted due to fluid on his lungs.
'He could hardly breathe and he really thought he was going to die,' said Mrs Creasey. 'And I thought he was going to die during the second operation, it was horrible.'
Thankfully Corben pulled through and was discharged on Tuesday but due to his injuries he was not able to take his driving test booked for this week and will have to take the new test at a later date.
So 15 students and five members of staff from his school are taking part in daylight fast and are hoping to raise £200 to pay for new lessons for Corben.
Mr Rice, director of sixth form, said: 'They wanted to help own of their own and have been really good in visiting him and have just looked out for him.'
Corben, who is hoping to go to university next year, will be off school for a number of weeks but Mrs Creasey is thankful for what his friends have done.
'They have been so good visiting and bringing him little gifts,' she added.