6:30pm Friday 29th November 2013
By Chris Plant
DOCTORS have made a bet with a brave accident victim: “Walk to the pub from hospital in a year and we will pay for the beer.”
And if 19-year-old Jacob Meadows can run there, they will celebrate with a bottle of champagne.
Jacob faces a battle to walk again after being horrendously injured when he was struck by a car.
The superfit personal trainer, of the Leys, Bengeworth, Evesham, was on a night out in Cheltenham when he was run down on Sunday, November 17, and is now recovering at Frenchay Hospital, Bristol.
He suffered serious facial, neck and leg injuries and will spend six to eight weeks in a wheelchair, then 12 months rehabilitation with the aim of walking independently.
Mother Tracey Meadows said: “I know he’ll walk again. I have full faith in him. He’s so passionate and driven, and doctors have given him an 80 per cent chance of doing it.
“They have made a bet with him. If he can walk to the pub, from the hospital, in twelve months they will buy him a beer. “If he can run they will buy him a bottle of champagne.
“ He will be walking before 12 months, I can guarantee that. “He is lucky to be alive but is not out of the woods yet. It’s a miracle he is still with us.
“What happened was horrific. Jacob went through the windscreen of the car then fell back onto the road. “That’s where he sustained most of his neck injuries, and his face was covered with glass. His legs are in braces, he’s had plates put in one and is undergoing reconstructive ligament surgery. He’s basically being rebuilt.
“Next Friday he turns 20 and just wants to be home for his birthday.”
An ambulance was called to attend the scene of the accident on Evesham Road, Prestbury.
Ms Meadows added: “There will be dark days ahead for him, but he just needs to remember the amount of support, and how popular he is, and this will get him through.”
To add to the family’s ordeal, Jacob’s laptop was stolen from his mother’s car last Friday.
She said: “Jacob’s whole life is on that laptop. “All his business contacts, his workout schedules, personal contacts, photos of friends and family. I just want it back.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.
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