Robert fights back after horror smash

IT will be three months at least before Robert Seeley can walk properly again - after a crash on the A14 which he was lucky to survive.

Richard Cornwell

IT will be three months at least before Robert Seeley can walk properly again - after a crash on the A14 which he was lucky to survive.

Today the 23-year-old is beginning his slow recovery after a series of operations which has left him with a steel rod in his leg and a pelvic brace to support the lower part of his body.

In the crash - which happened at Levington in freezing fog on January 8 - Mr Seeley suffered two broken wrists, a broken pelvis, his right leg broken in three places and the kneecap smashed.

“The doctors said it was a miracle that he suffered no damage to his head or his spine and he was lucky to be alive,” said his mum, Rhoda Seeley, of Grange Road, Felixstowe.

“We just want to thank everyone so much who has helped Robert during this time - especially those who went to his assistance at the time of the accident, including two first aiders who stopped.

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“The doctors and staff at both Ipswich and Norwich hospitals have been wonderful and so caring, and we also want to thank Pc Paul Carr for his help.”

Mr Seeley was on his way to work at Hughes Electrical in Ipswich, where he was working with the delivery drivers on a short-term contract, when his motorcycle was in collision with another vehicle at about 8.30am.

The road was closed for four hours while debris was cleared from the carriageway and police carried out accident investigations.

Mrs Seeley said her son could remember nothing about the accident at all.

“That may be a good thing in some ways - perhaps one day when he rides along there again it will jog his memory,” she said.

“He is a bit frustrated at being in hospital and not being able to walk but he is in good spirits and cheerful most of the time - he is even talking about when he gets his new motorbike!

“It is likely to be more than three months before he is fully recovered but he has a hope of job late in the spring and that is giving him something to aim for.”

- Send Robert a get well soon message - write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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