Gallery: Crash victim defies odds to switch on Ipswich’s Christmas lights
SEVEN years ago Kieran Seymour’s parents were told to expect the worst as the youngster was left fighting for his life after being involved in a horrific crash.
Christmas switch-on running order
Today the happy and healthy 13-year-old, who has had to overcome serious injuries following the crash in London Road, is preparing to light up the town for Christmas.
Kieran, who was just six at the time, suffered a serious head injury and badly broken legs and was airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge in a critical condition after a motorbike ploughed into him, his grandparents and younger brother, Ethan, as they crossed London Road, after a day out at Chantry Park, in August 2005.
He endured three operations and spent months recovering, with numerous physiotherapy sessions to help him learn to walk again.
To mark the teenager’s incredible bravery, his mum Samantha Seymour, of Shrubland Avenue, Ipswich, nominated him for the Ipswich Star’s competition to win the opportunity to turn the town’s Christmas lights.
Kieran will take to the Town Hall balcony on Sunday to lead the countdown with fellow competition winner Freya Streatfield and Father Christmas to light up the town.
In her letter, she said: “I am proud of Kieran and the hard work and effort he puts in to be able to achieve the things he has, and would love for him to have the opportunity to take part in such a spectacular event.
“Yes, his accident was horrific, but to me he should be proud of the scars and injuries that he bears as it shows he is a survivor and fighter.”
Mrs Seymour, 43, who lives with husband Shaun, 42, and nine-year-old son Ethan, said Kieran was “lucky and survived against the odds”.
She added: “Kieran still has to see a physio a few times a year and has a specialist doctor to help him with memory techniques.
“He wears a splint which helps with the way he walks and has one of his shoes raised because there is a slight difference in the length of his legs, but he is willing to give anything a go and always remains positive.”
As a result of the accident, Ethan suffered a cut head and broken leg and the pair’s grandfather Brian Seymour, who has since died, lost both of his legs.
Their grandmother Christine Seymour, 58, died from the injuries she received in the crash.
Mrs Seymour added: “I think Kieran and Ethan’s grandparents would have been very proud of who they are and what they have become today.
“I was over the moon that Kieran won the competition because I didn’t think he would stand a chance but I thought ‘why shouldn’t I nominate him?’”
Kieran, now in Year 9 at Westbourne Sports College, said: “I’m really excited for the big switch-on and couldn’t believe it when mum told me I’d won. I was really surprised but it’s going to make Christmas extra special for us all this year.”
n Have you survived against the odds? Write to Your Letters, Ipswich Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
n In April 2006, motorcyclist Christopher Bainbridge, of Lincoln Close, was found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving. He was jailed for three-and-a-half years and banned from the road for three years.