Teenager badly injured in Hunstanton crash is making progress

Jordan Dowen in a coma in hospital: Pictures submitted

Jordan Dowen in a coma in hospital: Pictures submitted - Credit: Archant

A teenager has spoken of his progress since he was struck by a car outside a Hunstanton school just before Christmas.

Jordan Dowen now: Pictures submitted

Jordan Dowen now: Pictures submitted - Credit: Archant

Jordan Dowen, 15, suffered serious head injuries in the crash and was airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge. He was in a coma over Christmas, and finally returned to his Hunstanton home in January, after nearly five weeks in hospital.

Jordan said: 'I'm all right. I'm hoping to go back to school after Easter, and I'm going to the gym a lot to train.'

His mother Joanne Dowen said the family gathered together to celebrate Easter and raised their glasses in a toast to Jordan's recovery and his defiance.

But she said he remains 20kg lighter than when he was admitted to hospital, despite a growth spurt.

She said: 'He has continued to make positive progress. He hopes to be able to attempt to take his GCSEs this year although we are aware that his memory, distractibility and concentration levels have been affected by his brain injury which is likely to impact on his exam results.

'Going forward he still has numbness around his girdle and pain/sensation changes in his right leg and feet affecting his balance and co-ordination. He continues to work on this through physiotherapy.

'Jordan will continue to face challenges due to the hidden disabilities caused by his brain injuries.'

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The teenager was cycling to Smithdon High School in Hunstanton, at about 8.45am on the last day of school before the Christmas break, when he was in a collision with a car.

Mrs Dowen said police told the family that they would not be pressing charges against the woman driver.

Mrs Dowen and husband Sherridan, who is managing director of Lynn Star transport distribution company, based in King's Lynn, spent most of the Christmas/New Year period at their son's bedside at Addenbrooke's.

The teenager used to play for West Norfolk Rugby Club's under 16s.

Email david.bale2@archant.co.uk

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