Popular Eye man awaiting hospital transfer after freak deer accident

A popular wind turbine campaigner from a north Suffolk town is waiting to hear when he can start rehabilitation after being left partially paralysed when a deer knocked him off his bike in a freak accident.

Keen cyclist Peter Seaman, 68, of Castleton Way, Eye, is awaiting transfer from Addenbrooke's Hospital to a rehabilitation unit at Stoke Mandeville or another hospital, but is being delayed by a long waiting list.

The father of one, who has campaigned for wind turbines, was cycling with fellow members of Diss and District Cycling Club between Risby and Fornham All Saints on April 22 when the roe deer leapt out from woods beside the road and collided with his bike.

He was thrown clear of the bike and suffered severe damage to his spinal cord which has left him paralysed in both legs, though he can still move his arms and shoulders.

His niece Sue Stanislawski said it was likely he would not be able to walk again, though his condition had improved since the accident.

She said: 'He is in good spirits at the moment. He knows fully the outlook and he was overwhelmed by it initially, but now he has got the medication to get better, his spirits have improved.'

Mr Seaman, who is a retired computer programmer, has received many visitors from the Eye community while he has been in hospital, such is his level of popularity through his work and his involvement with the cycling club and his part-time involvement with campaigning for wind turbines.

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