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Best Christmas gift for Kevin's family

PUBLISHED: 18:00 29 December 2008 | UPDATED: 12:50 09 March 2010

Kevin and Karen Davidson

Kevin and Karen Davidson

RELATIVES of a lorry driver left fighting for his life today said his remarkable recovery was the best present they could have wished for.

Kevin Davidson was sedated in hospital for more than a week while he battled crippling injuries, but was able to see his family after waking for the first time on Christmas Day.

RELATIVES of a lorry driver left fighting for his life today said his remarkable recovery was the best present they could have wished for.

Kevin Davidson was sedated in hospital for more than a week while he battled crippling injuries, but was able to see his family after waking for the first time on Christmas Day.

His family had cancelled any thoughts of Christmas while they held a vigil at his bedside in Lincolnshire, but they said his ongoing recovery was a miracle.

However, his wife Karen, raised fears that her husband will never return to the family home in Birkfield Drive because they are being forced to move this week due to financial reasons.

The ex-army sergeant major suffered a series of appalling injuries in the crash on December 17 - the day before the family had planned to go Christmas shopping together.

It was not known for a long time whether he would pull through, but his condition has improved enough for him to be transferred to a critical care unit at Ipswich Hospital on Boxing Day.

Mrs Davidson, who has been married for 23 years, said: “He is a fighter. We are so pleased, but we are still nervous and apprehensive.”

There is now fresh hope that he will eventually be able to enjoy a Christmas dinner with his family.

Son Ryan, 18, said: “We are not going to have a Christmas until my dad gets back on his feet. That would be the best Christmas present ever.”

Mr Davidson was left with internal bleeding, crushed lungs, a number of broken bones and also suffered a heart attack after his lorry was left on its side following an incident with a Vauxhall van and a Vauxhall Vectra.

The father-of-three was trapped inside his Scania HGV after the accident at 7.30am on the A16 at Dalby in Lincolnshire.

So severe was the crash that the road was not fully re-opened for nine hours while the debris was cleared.

Mrs Davidson, who works at Mansion House Bedding Company in Hadleigh Road, Ipswich, said: “After the accident, I received a call at work to say Kevin had suffered minor injuries.

“Then Lincoln police called to say he was in hospital before I was called again to say he had suffered serious injuries. It was awful.”

Mr Davidson was in the Royal Logistics Corps for 24 years and served in Bosnia and Northern Ireland before becoming a lorry driver in 2002.

Mr Davidson, who was delivering a cargo of dried peas, had been carrying out a favour for a friend in the haulage business when the accident happened.

A Lincolnshire police spokeswoman said: “The cause of the collision is still not known, but is subject to an ongoing investigation and we are still appealing for any witnesses to the collision or sightings of any of the vehicles involved prior to the collision.”

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KEVIN Davidson's relatives today told of the emotional turmoil they went through after seeing the “rock” of the family suffering from such horrific injuries.

His wife, Karen, three sons - Daniel, 22, Ryan, 18, and Carl, 21 - along with seven other family members were shocked to find him almost unrecognisable when they dashed to his bedside in Lincolnshire.

The 11 relatives, including Mr Davidson's mother, Hazel, spent the first night going out of their minds in a hospital waiting room.

And most of them spent nine days carrying out a round-the-clock vigil while trying to sleep either in the hospital or cramming into a nearby hotel room.

Hazel Davidson, of Dumfries Road, Ipswich, said: “Emotions were running so high. At different times we would all break down with different emotions.”

His son, Daniel, said his father was also struggling to come to terms with his condition.

The 22-year-old said: “He has been the rock to this family. He is so independent and he doesn't like people doing things for him. He feels helpless.”

Karen Davidson said: “He was emotional. He didn't want to the boys to see him cry so he wanted them outside.”

She added: “I just want to say thank you to the nurses and doctors, family and friends and my bosses because they have all been fantastic.”


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