A MAN who was brain-damaged after falling through a factory roof 16 years ago has met David Jason - the television hero who helped bring him out of a coma.
Karl Swain, 25, of Kipling Place, Great Harwood, met the award-winning actor while he was filming the next series of A Touch of Frost.
Karl suffered permanent brain injuries after his fall which happened in 1988 when he was just nine years old.
While in a coma in hospital he was played a tape recorded by David Jason who spoke to him as both Del Boy from Only Fools and Horses and cartoon character Dangermouse.
His dad Les said: "Karl has actually met David before in 1989 after coming out of his coma, but he wasn't able to appreciate it at the time.
"We went to Seacroft Hospital in Leeds where they were doing some of the filming.
"We were met by one of the crew and then we got to have lunch with David and we were taken on the set.
"While there we met John Lyons who plays Inspector Frost's sidekick George Toolan.
"He was asking Karl about brain injuries because of a storyline in the next series.
"He said: 'I'm just acting it but you have lived it for real' and that made us all feel really proud.
"David Jason is a top actor and he's just like one of the family to us.
"On Monday Karl also began a four-week assessment at the Rakehead Rehabilitation Unit at Burnley General Hospital which will at last show us what he can and can't do."
Les has also become involved with the Headway group based at Crosshill Learning School in Blackburn which is designed to help people who have suffered brain injuries.
He said: "When you come out of hospital with a brain injury you often feel very isolated and alone but the group is there to help you realise that you are not."
The group can be contacted by ringing 07792 942061 or 0808 800 2244.