Andrew defies odds to make good progress

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THE father of a man who was told he would not survive a car crash says miracles do happen.

Andrew Read was a passenger in a car that went off the road and hit a lamppost in Holbrook Road, Landport.

GIFT Andrew Read donates a sofa and equipment to the QA rehabilitation centre with staff, from left, Emma Harris, Dr Mike Homer, Yvette Brakes, Nicki Seal and Cheryl Ayres. Picture: Paul Jacobs  (131210-2)

GIFT Andrew Read donates a sofa and equipment to the QA rehabilitation centre with staff, from left, Emma Harris, Dr Mike Homer, Yvette Brakes, Nicki Seal and Cheryl Ayres. Picture: Paul Jacobs (131210-2)

He was airlifted to Southampton General Hospital for neurological treatment.

The accident in February last year has left him unable to speak or walk.

Doctors told the family the outlook for Andrew was not good – but a year later he is making progress.

His father Kevin, 55, of Purbrook Gardens, Waterlooville, said: ‘It seemed he was going to be in a permanent vegetative state. But he has proved them all wrong.’

Andrew was transferred to the Phoenix Rehabilitation Centre, in Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham.

There he slowly started recovering.

‘He was a young lad who was dead when he arrived at the centre,’ added Kevin.

‘But he celebrated his 21st birthday last November in the centre. Miracles do happen. He can’t speak and needs to use a wheelchair, but he’s much better than he was last year.’

Andrew had started working with his father at H&S Aviation, in Airport Service Road, Portsmouth, last year.

In order to support the family, the company did not send out Christmas cards, but instead used the money to buy furniture for the centre. Now the Read family has donated the gifts, which include a sofa, a cupcake maker and a stopwatch.

Paul Morgan, head of fundraising at the hospital, said: ‘We’re delighted to receive the kind donations from the Read family and workplace.

‘The sofa and other equipment that their fundraising has provided will make a real difference to patients who visit the ward in the future.’