John Helliwell and wife Emma
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Speared driver John Helliwell praises Morriston medics

14 March 2014 Last updated at 10:16 GMT

A man who was speared through his body by a metal rail in a car crash has praised hospital staff for saving his life.

The rail punched through the back of John Helliwell, 32, from Gowerton, Swansea, and out of his abdomen.

Doctors at Morriston Hospital said Mr Helliwell's injuries were bad but could have been a lot worse.

He spoke to Oliver Hides on BBC Radio Wales.

Speared driver praises medical team