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Sister of crash victim tells of torment

PUBLISHED: 15:37 01 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:46 03 March 2010

THE sister of a Suffolk man who is fighting for his life in hospital after a car accident has today spoken of her family's daily torment as they wait for news of his condition.

THE sister of a Suffolk man who is fighting for his life in hospital after a car accident has today spoken of her family's daily torment as they wait for news of his condition.

Brian Shemmings of School Lane (also known as Church Lane), Hollesley, was seriously injured in a smash on Orford Road, Chillesford at midnight on Saturday.

The 22-year-old farm worker had been on a night out with friends at The Froize Inn, Chillesford when the driver of the car swerved to miss a deer in the middle of the road.

Brian was in the back of the car and suffered the worst injuries and the driver James Seatory from Sutton Heath and fellow passenger Ricky Woolnough from Chillesford suffered minor injuries.

As he now fights in a hospital bed in Addenbrooke's his 20-year-old sister Sarah spoke of the moment that she, her mother Sandra and younger brother Steven, 14 heard about the crash.

Poignantly it was almost three years to the day that the family lost their father after a battle against lung cancer.

Sarah, a lab technician at Martlesham firm Biotec said that she had just gone to bed when the police phoned advising them to call Ipswich hospital.

She said: "We got over to the hospital straight away and we were there until about 8.10am on Sunday.

"I just could not handle it and went outside."

Brian's mother Sandra is now keeping a daily vigil at the hospital keeping a close eye on her son.

Sarah said: "He is not quite out of the woods yet but he is stable.

"The doctors had to sedate him because he kept waking up and trying to pull his tubes out – he doesn't know where he is.

"Everyday that goes by he is getting a little bit better."

But the family are still playing a waiting game as they will not know his real state of health until he has fully woken up.

His family are not the only ones who miss him and his one-year-old dog, Jack, a Doberman/Collie cross is badly pining for him.

Sarah said: "He (Jack) found one of his shoes and he got really aggressive over it.

"He also dragged one of his fleeces out that my brother wears for work and would not let go."

It is a terrible and devastating time for the family but Sarah is trying to remain positive.

She said: "We just really miss him coming in and complaining that there is nothing to eat because we have eaten it all.

"But my brother is a strong old boy."


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