Joy for hit and run victim

NDFP- Lee Cardwell, 20, who sustained serious brain injuries after being knocked down by a car in Bentley
NDFP- Lee Cardwell, 20, who sustained serious brain injuries after being knocked down by a car in Bentley

A hit-and-run victim whose urgent rehabilitation was delayed due to a funding blunder has finally returned home after astounding medics with his progress.

Lee Cardwell was left languishing in a hospital bed in Doncaster Royal Infirmary for five months following major brain surgery after being knocked down by a vehicle in Bentley in April.

But after the Free Press highlighted the 21-year-old’s plight, funding to transfer the dad-of-one to a specialist neuro rehabilitation centre in Goole was finally given the green light in October.

And now Mr Cardwell has returned home after making unprecedented progress at the facility.

Lee’s mother Derry Lincoln Miller said: “Lee is absolutely over the moon, we all are.

“The staff are just amazed at the progress Lee has made.

“He’s walking without his sticks and his speech is improving.

“I really think if we’d not come to the Free Press we would still be in the same situation and Lee would never have made this kind of progress.”

Lee’s family were told that he would be moved from Doncaster Royal Infirmary to a Goole to continue his recovery but the move was delayed for two months because funding had not been given the green light.

Speaking about the delay at the time, Jo Pollard, director of quality and service delivery at Wakefield CCG said: “We understand that, for a patient, the time taken to make a decision can seem to drag but we have to make sure that we have all the necessary information from the professionals who are looking after them.”