Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Car crash boy back at school after 'amazing' recovery

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Image caption Felix Barrow's parents were initially told he might end up in a vegetative state

A 12-year-old boy left with a severe brain injury after he was hit by a car has returned to school after making an "amazing" recovery.

Felix Barrow sustained many broken bones and spent three weeks in a coma when he was knocked over outside his home in Swanmore in October last year.

His parents were told he might never walk again, but they said he has now exceeded all his doctors' expectations.

The family has raised nearly £100,000 for the services that saved his life.

Felix was on his way to school when he tripped in the road and was hit by a car as he was getting to his feet.

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Image caption Felix has returned to a specialist unit in Portchester Community School

His mum Vanessa said the accident was "horrific" and added: "You just think this can't be happening to you.

"It was just a normal Wednesday, normal things going on, and your life is turned upside down into an unrecognisable sate where you are thrust into a hospital environment.

"At first I don't think we really realised the extent of his injuries.

"It's been a slow process of learning to do things again, learning to walk, learning to eat, drink normal fluids."

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Image caption Felix's parents Stuart and Vanessa told Louisa Hannan their story on BBC Radio Solent

She added that her son has surpassed all expectations and made "amazing" progress.

Felix's dad Stuart said his life was saved by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, which flew him to hospital, and the Southampton General Paediatric Intensive Care Unit.

He said: "We wanted to repay them for saving his life. It's been fantastic, the whole community has come together."

The family set up a charity, Fit For Felix, inspired by his love of running and named by his friend Bradley.

It has now raised £93,850 by organising a range of activities including fun runs, bike rides, and sponsored swims.

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Image caption Felix's sisters Amelia and Charlotte also helped with fundraising

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