Miracle recovery for crash father

A young father who was given a 15pc chance of surviving after he was thrown through his car window during a crash said his recovery was a 'miracle'.

25-year-old Roly Le Roy was airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, with serious head injuries after his car crashed on the B1110 at Wood Norton on October 10.

His 57-year-old father, Roly Le Roy, was driving in another car ahead of his son at the time and saw the crash in which he came out of the back window.

He said: 'I was looking at the rear view mirror so I could see him come round the corner. When the crash happened I said, 'Oh My God, Roly.' I went to the car and he wasn't there. He had been thrown out on the road. I didn't know if I was going to get him back.'

At the time, Roly senior thought the close-knit family would be without Roly this Christmas and said it was 'tremendous' his son was home for Christmas.


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Doctors told Roly's fiancee, Katie Smart, 29, mother of his six-month-old babies Roly-Junior and Lexi-Rae, he had a 15pc chance of surviving the first night.

They said he would be in hospital for a minimum of two months - Roly, from Copsey Walk, Dereham, who runs Roly's Repairs and Breakdowns on the town's Rash's Green Industrial Estate, got out of hospital on November 3.

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He said: 'It could have ended up so differently. It is amazing how I feel now.'

Roly added: 'It has been a miracle how I have recovered. So far my speech isn't quite up to scratch but I can remember most things from my past.

'I wouldn't wish an accident upon anyone. What I went through was awful, especially not knowing where I was in the hospital. I'm impressed with my recovery, I keep pushing myself.

'I appreciate life so much more now and I appreciate the human brain.'

He said his children have kept him going and the crash has made him eager to get on with wedding planning.

'No doubt subconsciously, when I was in hospital I was thinking about them and I was thinking about wanting to get back home,' he added.

For the first two days at hospital, Roly was on a life support machine and was then put in an induced coma for seven days while on the intensive care ward.

His father said he doubted his son would be alive if the medical staff had not monitored the swelling in his brain for the first four days after the crash.

Roly said he remembers up until the point when he turned on to the B1110, where he had the accident, and first woke up in the hospital two weeks later.

He added: 'I couldn't talk and I couldn't recognise anyone. I thought I was in a dream. I asked a nurse what I was doing at the hospital and she said I had been in an accident and I didn't believe her. I tried running out of the hospital because I thought I was in a bad dream.'

As well as serious head injuries he also broke his right arm. He will need to have his brain monitored next year.

Roly senior, who has a strong Christian belief, said: 'I have to thank all the people in different churches who prayed for Roly.'

He added he was grateful for the community's 'positive thoughts' which he believes were a huge influence on Roly's recovery.

'Most people know us as a good family and a nice people and that has been shown during the support over that time. There are some really good people around,' Roly senior said.

Roly wanted to thank his fiancee who kept the family together during his recovery.

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