School boy goes from wheelchair to running, shortly after horrific car accident – runnersworld.com
A school boy has completed a charity race just seven months after being in a wheelchair.
Danial Jones, 10, ran with his mum Ruth Thomas and hundreds of others in the annual Race for Life for Cancer Research UK in Caernarfon’s Parc Coed Helen.
He ran the race in honour of his grandmother who died from cancer five years ago. He was also motivated to come back stronger after he was hit by a car in August last year near his home in Bontnewydd, North Wales.
His injuries were severe including major breaks in both legs and a broken collar bone which caused his family to fear the worst.
His mum Ruth was waiting in the traffic on her way home from work, not realising it was her son who had been involved in the accident.
Ruth told a local news publication: “I didn’t realise the queue I was in was because Danial had been hit. A stranger told me. There was a crowd of people and the air ambulance was there.”
When she got home, a stranger told Ruth to go to the accident scene where they were taken to Alder Hey Hospital by Wales Air Ambulance. Danial had emergency surgery and a metal rod was inserted into his leg.
She said: “We are grateful he’s alive and we are grateful he can walk. We just keep moving forward and being grateful for what we have in our lives.”
As a keen footballer and Liverpool fan, Danial’s dream is to kick a football again with his local team, run by his dad. But first he has another operation to go through to remove the metal rod.
Kudos to Danial!