Miracle man Daniel’s charity fund-raiser

Daniel Paxton.
Daniel Paxton.

Miracle man Daniel’s charity fund-raiser

Daniel Paxton was involved in a road accident in January 2015 – and now the Scotland Air Ambulance Service, Western General Hospital, Astley Ainslie Hospital and Momentum, Galashiels, are set to benefit from the run in Hawick on Saturday, February 27.

Following the accident, Daniel was airlifted from the scene by the Scotland Air Ambulance Service.

After spending weeks in Edinburgh’s Western General Hospital, he was transferred across the city to the Astley Ainslie Hospital for a long period in rehabilitation during which he began to make a remarkable recovery.

When Daniel left the Astley Ainslie, he received further help from local brain injury charity Momentum.

Due to the great assistance he was given, Daniel, a top-notch runner on the open athletic scene and winner of the famous New Year Sprint in 2009, is back to full fitness.

Reflecting on his experiences of last year, 25-year-old Daniel told the Hawick News: “I can’t remember anything about the accident. All I know is that it was on the A7 and that I was driving home to Hawick after working in Selkirk.

“To this day I don’t actually know where it took place as I don’t really want to find out. I have been told, however, what happened after the crash.

“Luckily for me there was a fire engine on the road at the same time. The firefighters came immediately to my car, saw I was badly injured and got in touch with Scotland Air Ambulance. And this quick thinking saved my life.

“I was firstly in the Royal Infirmary Hospital, then the Western General, was in a coma for 12 days and I believe I was in a critical condition. I managed to pull through, however, and then spent time in Astley Ainslie and at Momentum in Gala for a recovery period. Wherever I was, I was really well looked after by the nurses and doctors.”

Electrician Daniel went on: “I have also received tremendous support from close family and friends and without this I would not to be where I am today. Before the accident I didn’t really believe in miracles, but I do now as I think it’s a miracle that I am still alive.

“I have started working part-time as an electrician with Powertec, having been given the opportunity by my boss, ‘Tich’ Anderson, and I am very grateful for this. Strangely enough, also working part-time for Powertec is Kevin Reid, who was one of the firefighters who basically saved my life on the day of the crash.

“I have also been training and I am looking forward to the 5k charity run at the end of the month.

“Also I intend running on the games circuit during the summer.”

When all is said and done, miracles do happen.

The 5k run begins at the Wilton Lodge Park gates at 10am and takes a route over Martin’s Bridge before finishing at the Common Haugh. Entries are already flooding in for the event and a large number of runners will be hitting the road for good causes.

Anyone interested in doing the run or making a donation is asked to contact Daniel’s dad, John, on 07738 940458.