Crash survivor wins prom battle

Jack Wood
Jack Wood

A TEENAGER who admitted he is lucky to be alive after a horror car smash earlier this year looked a million dollars as he enjoyed his school prom last night.

Jack Wood, 16, had his tibia and fibula in his left leg completely smashed and half of his liver ruptured and internal bleeding after being hit by a taxi in the road as he walked to school.

The frightening ordeal, which still haunts his loving parents, happened more than three months ago but he still hasn’t been able to walk and has only left the house on a few occasions.

The St Hild’s C of E School student suffered another huge blow just two weeks ago when the metal plate, inserted into his leg during an operation after the crash, snapped, leaving him requiring more gruelling and painful surgery.

But a “nightmare few months” was put behind him last night as he dressed up to the nines and joined his friends at his school prom.

His fantastic attitude since the accident was rewarded as Jack was handed a bravery award during the prom.

“I did think this night was never going to come,” delighted Jack told the Mail.

“Only two weeks ago I was getting more surgery and I told them at the hospital that I just want to be ok to go to the prom.”

Proud mum Andrea, 38, a senior support worker for adults with disabilities and learning difficulties, beamed: “I’m over the moon.

“The last few months has been a nightmare.

“I still lose sleep over what happened now.

“He’s my only son and I know how much he wanted to go to the prom, it is fantastic.”

Jack, who lives in Frederic Street, on the Headland, with his mum and dad, Jeff, 52, a personal assistant for adults with special needs, still can’t remember anything from the accident, when he was hit by a taxi on Northgate, on March 12.

His injuries left him house-bound for the last three and a half months.

After his latest setback two weeks ago when he had to undergo more surgery, medics told him it would be another six weeks before he can try to put any weight on his left leg.

Jack said: “It has been a nightmare few months, my house has been more like a prison.

“But my mates have all been coming round to see me and it’s brilliant to be able to go to the prom with everyone.”

Andrea thanked all of Jack’s friends, family and nurses for their support over the past three months.

She paid particular credit to Jack’s grandma, Sheila Wood, who she said has been “absolutely brilliant.”