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Man who doctors wrote off as dead leads normal life

18 April 2012 Last updated at 21:39 BST

A man left in a coma by a horrific car crash is now living a normal life, despite his family being told by doctors that they intended to switch off his life-support machine when he was in hospital.

Steven Thorpe, from Kenilworth in Warwickshire, was 17 at the time of the accident and only survived because his parents insisted on getting a second opinion.

Bob Hockenhull reports.