Bike crash teenager lucky to be alive

PUBLISHED: 16:02 26 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:23 03 March 2010

ONE moment teenager Ben Jones was crossing a road, the next he was waking up in intensive care – with no recollection of anything in between.

ONE moment teenager Ben Jones was crossing a road, the next he was waking up in intensive care – with no recollection of anything in between.

Ben, 18, feels it is probably just as well that his mind has blanked any nightmare memory of the horrific accident in which he was in collision with a motorcycle and dragged yards along the road.

He suffered terrible internal injuries in the incident and was lucky to be alive. Now he is back home today with his family and gaining strength every day.

"I can't remember anything about what happened at all – I can't even recall the few minutes before the accident happened," said the teenager, of High Road, Trimley St Mary.

"We had been to a barbecue round a mate's house and were just going down to the nightclub on the seafront. I was crossing a road, but I don't remember it.

"The next thing I was in hospital, hurting everywhere, and on all sorts of painkillers. I am not in pain now but it is very uncomfortable and I am having trouble sleeping when usually I can lay in all day."

In the accident, former Orwell High School pupil Ben was knocked unconscious. He suffered bleeding in his abdomen and a ruptured bowel – two large tears in it and one smaller one – and a cut to his elbow which needed stitches. There was bruising all over him.

He had to undergo a three-hour emergency operation and spent 24 hours fighting for his life in intensive care, with his mum and dad Juli and Dai keeping vigil by his bedside, and then a further week in hospital.

He will be left with a spectacular scar on his chest and stomach from the operation – he is due to have the staples holding the healing incision together out today – and doctors believe he will make a full recovery.

Ironically, he had only just recovered from tearing ligaments in his knee in a football match and was at last back to fitness and playing again.

Ben, who has brothers, Luke, 20, and Andrew, 17, and a ten-year-old sister Rosie, had been out with a group of friends at the time of the accident, which happened in Grange Farm Avenue, Felixstowe.

They were left in shock but have been interviewed by the police to give their accounts of the terrifying crash.

His mother said her son had been very lucky to survive.

"The doctors don't anticipate any long-term problems and expect him to make a full recovery," she said.

"I think he is still in shock, too. It must be quite difficult to one moment be walking along a road and the next be waking up in intensive care with no recollection of what happened in between."

Ben, a keen footballer and Liverpool fan, is determined to pursue his dream of becoming a PE teacher. He is hoping to go on an NVQ course in leisure as soon as he is fit enough and then do a degree at university.

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