Bedside vigil for Kieron

PARENTS of a sparkling six-year-old boy continued their traumatic bedside vigil today as the three other members of the family hurt in the same crash continued to improve.

PARENTS of this sparkling six-year-old boy continued their traumatic bedside vigil today as the three other members of the family hurt in the same crash continued to improve.

Members of the Seymour family stayed at both Ipswich Hospital and Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge over the weekend as doctors battled to save Kieron, 6, and his grandparents Brian and Christine Seymour, aged 66 and 58.

The trio, along with Kieron's brother Ethan, 2, were injured in the collision near their home in London Road, Ipswich, on Thursday afternoon.

Ethan was discharged from Ipswich Hospital on Saturday suffering from a broken leg and a cut to his head but his brother yesterday remained in hospital.

Kieron suffered serious head injuries in the crash and he has undergone an operation aimed at alleviating swelling to his brain but yesterday he had not regained consciousness.

His grandmother had also not regained consciousness and anxious family members were today awaiting news from specialists on her condition.

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She suffered a broken pelvis and lost a large amount of blood in the accident.

Her son, Robert, told The Evening Star: "Mum hasn't woken up yet. She lost a lot of blood. In total she's had over 20 units."

Her husband Brian has regained consciousness intermittently and has recognised some visitors.

His friend Ron Smith, who lives next door to Brian and Christine in London Road, said: "We went to see him on Saturday. I spoke to him when I got there, he said 'hello Ron' so that's pretty good. He recognised me.

"He's got two broken legs which have been plated and pinned and a broken arm, which has been plated and pinned as well."

The family was injured when Mr and Mrs Seymour and their two grandsons were crossing the Copdock-bound carriageway of London Road on their way back from a visit to Chantry Park at about 4.30pm on Thursday.

The motorcyclist, a 24-year-old from Ipswich, suffered back, hip and leg injuries but was said to be comfortable in Ipswich Hospital.

Concern about Mr Seymour's condition has been heightened by the fact that he has previously undergone a heart bypass operation and suffered a stroke.

His son Robert said: "They're still unsure if they'll have to take part of his leg. There is a dramatic injury to his right leg."

Robert said Kieron's parents Shaun and Sam Seymour had spent the time since the accident by their son's side in Addenbrooke's Hospital.

He said the whole family was pulling together to support each other.

"It's just a waiting game," he said.

If you have a message of support for the family contact The Evening Star newsdesk on 01473 324788 or email starnews@eveningstar.co.uk.

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