Son 'who loves to ride' won't be put off despite serious accident in skate park that put him in an induced coma for three days

PUBLISHED: 10:55 30 March 2017

Charlie Alford, 20, was put into an induced coma after suffering a serious injury at March skatepark in West End Park at the weekend (March 25).

Charlie Alford, 20, was put into an induced coma after suffering a serious injury at March skatepark in West End Park at the weekend (March 25).

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A young man woke from a three day induced coma in hospital after he suffered an accident on his BMX at March Skate Park.

Young man is waking from a three day induced coma after he fell from his bike at the March skate park PHOTO: Ben JolleyYoung man is waking from a three day induced coma after he fell from his bike at the March skate park PHOTO: Ben Jolley

Charlie Alford, 20, was at the skate area near the George Campbell leisure centre in West End Park on Saturday afternoon, when he fell from his bike.

Posts on Facebook page March Free Discussion have spoken of the need for the ramps to be repaired.

His mum Zala Adams said: “It has been a traumatic time for all of the family. Thankfully he is awake now, but he is still heavily sedated and on painkillers and he is having further tests.”

She continued: “He has biked since he was old enough to walk, before we moved to March he was always at trials at Cannock Chase, he lives to ride.

Young man is waking from a three day induced coma after he fell from his bike at the March skate park PHOTO: Ben JolleyYoung man is waking from a three day induced coma after he fell from his bike at the March skate park PHOTO: Ben Jolley

“This won’t put him off but seeing him like this is upsetting.”

Charlie fell on Saturday afternoon but after being helped by friends at the park, he scooted home on his bike by himself to Wimblington.

“By the time he got home he was shaking and collapsed. I took him to Doddington Minor Injuries unit but because they had closed 10 minutes earlier they were unable to help and I took him to A&E.”

They got there at about 7pm and by 9pm he was on the operating table where a surgeon worked to save his damaged spleen. He lost 3.5 litres of blood.

Young man is waking from a three day induced coma after he fell from his bike at the March skate park PHOTO: Ben JolleyYoung man is waking from a three day induced coma after he fell from his bike at the March skate park PHOTO: Ben Jolley

He suffered internal injuries from where handlebars had pressed into his stomach.

“The surgeon saved his spleen - he has done something amazing that had only a 10 per cent chance of success and then Charlie was in an induced coma since, he only came fully awake on Wednesday.”

He was taken off the ventilator on Tuesday.

Zala said: “I’ve no idea how it happened so until he can say we won’t know if it is because of equipment at the park.”

The family moved to Wimblington in November and Charlie has been a regular at the park where he has made friends through his biking.

Councillor Jan French said she has reported the incident to the chief executive Paul Medd of Fenland District Council.

In October 2015 we told how a family called for repairs to be made to the concrete bowl area at the other end of the park when a 12 year old boy was knocked unconscious when he fell from his scooter.

A spokesman for Fenland District Council said they inspect the skate park weekly along with all the children’s play areas.

“We wish the young man a speedy recovery,” a spokesman said.

“As yet the cause is unknown, but it is timely to remind users on what equipment to wear and take care when using the park.” Officers have been to the park this week.

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