A WIGAN Athletic fan who was left fighting for his life after falling down a set of stairs at an away game is making steady progress in hospital.
Fears grew for 67-year-old Colin Hollinshead after his accident at Birmingham City on January 10.
As he was leaving St Andrews just before full-time, he took a nasty fall down the steps to the concourse, banging his head and sustaining three bleeds on the brain.
He was left fighting for his life in Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital with a bolt being placed through his skull to monitor the pressure and swelling.
Over the last week Colin, from Springfield, has made steady progress and on Sunday opened his eyes for the first time. While still very poorly, it shows he is on the right path which has been a huge relief to his family.
His son Martyn told the Evening Post: “He’s still not awake properly but on Sunday he opened his eyes for the first time for about four minutes.
“Then he opened them later on when my girlfriend was there for nearly 20 minutes and he’s been moving all his limbs but he’s not spoken yet.
“I’ve been back since and his eyes have still been open. It’s a huge relief for us all. The bolt has come out as well which is good.
“He’s stable and comfortable at the moment so it’s all good progress, the doctors are very happy. Hopefully we can move him to the hospital up here soon once he’s out of danger.
“He’s on a ventilator at the moment. He’s doing some breathing but not quite enough yet.”
Colin has received countless messages of support from throughout the footballing world.
Martin says they have been a huge comfort to the family during a very difficult week and to top it off, Latics have vowed to cover the family’s travel expenses while they visit him.
“It’s been unbelievable,” he said.
“I’ve been on the Wigan Athletic page on Facebook and the last time I saw it there were about 230 comments and about 400 likes.
“There were things on there from fans of loads of different football clubs too, it’s been amazing and has meant a lot to us as a family.
“I’ve seen such a great side of football.”
A spokesman for Wigan Athletic also offered the club’s best wishes, saying: “Colin is very much in our thoughts and we hope to be able to see him back at the DW Stadium very soon.
“Everyone at the club was shocked to hear what happened and we hope that he makes a swift recovery.”