After being struck by a van and suffering a serious spinal cord injury on August 18, Garston firefighter Liam Coffill has begun the long road to recovery.
When we last reported on Liam’s story, the avid cyclist had just been through an operation to pin two broken vertebrae and was growing accustomed to moving around in a wheelchair.
Now relocated to Hillingdon Hospital, Liam is relearning to walk using a bionic support machine, which helps him stay upright whilst transferring weight between his legs.
According to best friend Robert Carrington, Liam will be soon transferred to Stoke Mandeville Hospital, which specialises in spinal injury rehab and recovery.
At the time of writing, donations on Liam’s GoFundMe page has raised £32,000 in support of the fireman’s journey to recovery.
On the fundraising page, Liam’s mother Elaine has written: “We are incredibly grateful to each and every person who has helped, donated, and left messages of support. It is truly humbling.
“Thank you for all the support; it has been immense!”
Praising his best friend, Robert shares: “Liam’s attitude and determination at the beginning of this journey have been inspirational.”
Robert also thanks members of the fire service at Watford, Hemel Hempstead, St Albans and Hertford for staging a number of fundraising events.
He added: “At Hertford Fire Station open day, the crews did a ladder climb in full fire kit – climbing the equivalent of Mount Everest – 656 climbs of the 13.5m ladder. A monumental effort!”
To find out more about Liam’s journey and to donate, visit www.gofundme.com/f/liam-coffill-sci-journey