Colin making progress as he moves back north

Colin Hollinshead

Colin Hollinshead

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A LATICS fan who was left critically injured after a horror fall at an away game is now back in Wigan and steadily improving.

Colin Hollinshead was attending his side’s match at Birmingham on January 10 when he tumbled down the concourse steps as he was leaving.

He was rushed to hospital in the Midlands where he spent many days in an induced coma and fighting for his life after suffering three bleeds on the brain.

However, over the last three weeks, he has made gradual progress and was transferred to Wigan Infirmary before yesterday being moved to a rehab centre in Leigh.

Colin has now started talking as well as sitting up; both huge steps on his road to recovery.

The 67-year-old’s son, Martyn, said: “It’s great to have him back in Wigan and a lot less stressful.

“We’re not as anxious anymore.

“He’s making really good progress at the minute with a lot of improvements.

“He’s talking now, he’s got basic communication really which is good.

“He was sat in a chair on Saturday too for the first time as well.

“He’s recognising people, recognising names is coming and going but that will come in time. The doctors are all very happy with him.”

Martyn say the family could not be more grateful fo the treatment his father has received.

Colin was treated in Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth hospital before being moved to Wigan.

Martyn has been inundated with messages of support and well wishes.

“The treatment he had down in Birmingham was first class, we couldn’t fault it whatsoever,” he said.

“We’re very grateful for what they’ve done and want to say a huge thank-you to them.

“We’ve had quite a few cards coming through from him.

“Ashton Athletic sent a signed pennant with a nice ‘get well’ message and Latics sent a card signed by all the players.

“Work has been really good with me as well letting me have all that time off.

“Wigan hospital has been fantastic with him too.”