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Wear helmet! Teen fights to regain motor skills

Postby Micronaut » Sat Jul 01, 2006 11:47 am

A teenage moped rider is back in Norfolk after two months at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge recovering from a head-on crash with a car.

http://www.eveningnews24.co.uk/content/ ... 3A43%3A187

Jay Burns, 16, was left battling to walk and talk after the horror smash on May 4 in Cannerby Lane, Sprowston.

The Evening News reported that his parents Sue Allen and Keith Burns, of Old Catton, took leave from their jobs to keep a constant vigil at his bedside at Addenbrooke's as he battled to recover from the accident.

Speaking on their behalf, Jay's uncle Richard Rose, 41, who lives in Courtenay Close, Bowthorpe, said today: “He's back at the N&N for assessment before he goes to Caroline House for rehabilitation. He's also waiting to go down to the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) in Stanmore in London for checking out.

“He's a lot better than he was but obviously there's a lot of rehabilitation he needs. We don't know how much better he's going to get, but we don't think he's going to be the same Jay as he was before the accident.

“He's got hardly any movement in one of his arms. He's not talking, but he understands what you say. He communicates with nods and by shaking his head. The voice people are also working with him. He's also still not walking.

“The doctors said it would be a year to 18 months before they can say what he's going to be like.”

Mr Rose said his sister Sue Allen would like to thank everyone for their fundraising efforts for the neurocritical care unit at Addenbrooke's where he was treated.

Mr Rose said she was also touched when a woman who has undergone a similar traumatic experience offered words of encouragement in the Evening News.

Stephen Pantry, 19, suffered horrific injuries in a crash and his parents feared that he might never recover.

But his mother Shirley Pantry said he had pulled through and they were hopeful he would make a full recovery. Mrs Pantry contacted the Evening News after reading about Jay.

As reported, former Sprowston High School pupil Jay was riding the Aprilia moped he got for his birthday six weeks earlier when the crash happened.

Jay, a kitchen assistant at Zak's waterside restaurant in Norwich, was riding along Cannerby Lane towards Corbet Avenue in Sprowston when he had a head-on crash with a Renault Modus.

He was taken to the N&N Hospital with serious head, neck and chest injuries and had a long operation before being transferred to Addenbrooke's.

Ms Allen, 52, took indefinite compassionate leave from her job as area manager of Zak's, covering the three branches in Norwich. Ms Allen's partner and Jay's dad, Mr Burns, 43, also took leave from his job at an industrial estate in Hellesdon.

Does your loved one owe their life to the good work of emergency services? Telephone Evening News reporter Naomi Canton on 01603 772418 or email naomi.canton@archant.co.uk
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