Paralysed teen goes back to school

PUBLISHED: 10:22 11 January 2008 | UPDATED: 08:46 10 June 2010

FEELING much better” – accident victim David.

FEELING much better" - accident victim David.

A TEENAGER, who was paralysed when he was in an accident with a car as he walked along Exmouth seafront, will return to school in the New Year.

A TEENAGER, who was paralysed when he was in an accident with a car as he walked along Exmouth seafront, will return to school in the New Year.

David Follett, of Exeter, was unable to move from his chest down after he was in a collision with a car being driven by a teenage girl in April 2007.

Eighteen-year-old David, who had to miss taking his A-levels and going to university because of his injuries, will return to Clyst Vale Community College, at Broadclyst this month.

Students there are busy raising money to buy their friend an electric wheelchair so he can get around with ease.

David, who now lives in a specially-adapted flat, said: "I'm feeling much better, but obviously I can't move anything apart from my arms and shoulders so it's affected everything.

"I was only four weeks away from examinations when the accident happened, but it's great to know the school is being so supportive."

David's injuries were less severe thanks to passer-by Josie Colley, 17, of Exminster, who was also on Exmouth seafront on the day of the accident.

The Exeter College student came to David's rescue, supporting his head and neck and insisting no-one move him until an ambulance arrived.

Doctors later told David that Josie's quick-thinking actions possibly saved his life.

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