A MAN has paid tribute to the "fantastic" people who saved his life after he was involved in an horrific road accident.
David Wilkinson, of Fern Avenue, Oswaldtwistle, was left with multiple fractures to his skull as well as bleeding on the brain after he was in collision with a taxi while out with friends in Darwen.
The accident happened on Bolton Road close to the Liberal Club as David and his friends headed towards the George pub.
Recovering at home this week, David said: "I have no actual memory of the accident itself, which is hardly surprising as I took a hefty blow to the head.
"All I know is that I was hit by a taxi and that I didn’t just walk out into the road."
The 26-year-old, a buyer for Express Gifts in Church, was taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital, before being transferred to the Royal Preston Hospital in a critical condition.
He received injuries including:
- Multiple fractures to his skull.
- Bleeding on the brain.
- Deafness in his right ear.
- Damaged facial nerves, leaving him unable to move the right side of his face and making it difficult to eat or smile
David, who was released from hospital a fortnight ago, said: "I am very lucky to be alive and I would like to thank everyone who helped me at the scene as well as my family, my girlfriend Claire Stokes and her family who have all been absolutely brilliant in looking after me.
"I would also like to say a really big thank-you to all the amazing staff at the Preston and Blackburn hospitals because without them I wouldn’t be here now.
"I’ve never been the easiest of patients, and apparently a couple of hours after the accident I tried to get off the bed to go home because I thought I knew best.
"It’s still far too early to say what the lasting problems of the accident will be but I hope to get back to normal as soon as possible."