Teen knocked off motorbike is on road to recovery

Callum Evans, 19, with his family at Manchesters Wythenshawe Hospital following a bike crash more than three months ago
Callum Evans, 19, with his family at Manchesters Wythenshawe Hospital following a bike crash more than three months ago

A Wigan teenager left fighting for his life after a horror motorcycle crash is due to leave hospital this week.

Callum Evans, a trainee accountant from Winstanley, had been on a life-support machine and has been in Manchester’s Wythenshawe Hospital for more than three months following a collision between his bike and a car on Glazebrook Lane, Culcheth, in April.

But now after his health significantly improved, his family hope to see the 19-year-old return home this Friday.

Callum’s aunt Vicky Frost said: “Callum’s injuries were life threatening.

“We owe a massive debt to the emergency services and the air ambulance, to the members of the public who helped release Callum from under the car but most of all the emergency services at Wythenshawe A&E.

“The hospital has saved my nephews’ life and our NHS is truly first class. This incident is testimony to that.

“We have so many people we want to thank for their prayers and messages of support its been a tough time but we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.”

Callum’s homecoming will hopefully happen just in time for his mum Liz who hopes the 19-year-old will be well enough to walk her down the aisle when she gets married in three weeks time.

She said: “It’s absolutely amazing that he could be out by this weekend.

“When I saw him on Tuesday night, he was in quite good spirits although he’s still got a bit of improving to do.

“He’ll always be on antibiotics now as he’s had his spleen removed so he’s at risk of infection. He’s very thin and lost a lot of muscle.”

Callum, a keen biker, was trapped under a car and had to be cut free by firefighters before being taken to hospital by air ambulance.

“It would be incredible if Callum could walk be down the aisle at my wedding but we’ll just have to see how he gets on.

“He’s said he wants to do it and has been talking about what he’s going to do for a suit too so our fingers are crossed.”

Callum’s grandma Audrey said she saw her grandson on Saturday and couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw him walk for the first time in months.

“It was amazing even if he has to use crutches to help him along,” she said.

“He’s getting his appetite back but it’s going to take some time before he’s where he wants to be.”

Since the accident, Callum’s friends and family have organised a number of events to help raise money for the North West Air Ambulance.

A charity ride out has been organised for the August bank holiday weekend and a couple of Callum’s friends are also planning a skydive.

Vicky said: “Callum’s had an offer to go to the Isle of Man to watch the TT Next year and a gentleman’s outfitters have offered to make him a suit for when he returns back to work.

“We are going to have a party for him for those who have sent well wishes, those that have visited him and not forgetting the biker community who’s support has been a blessing, we’ve made new friends through Callums accident and they have been brilliant.”