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TEEN RECOVERS FROM SKI ACCIDENT & IS BACK ON TOP
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The boy who suffered a severe head injury in ski accident & given 1% chance of recovery has achieved 7 As in exams - and is still skiing.

 

 

 

Sixteen-year-old Ross Nesbitt was race training with the Glasgow ski team in Austria in December 2016 when he took a bad fall and hit his head.

His head collided with a fence post, which left him in a coma.

He was given a 1% chance of full recovery and spent a month in an Innsbruck hospital, as well as more than six weeks in Scottish hospitals.

Following on he had to learn to talk, to eat and to walk again.

But now two years on the teenager has not only made a full recovery, but after returning to school in East Renfrewshire in May 2017, he has now taken seven A grades and one B in the Scottish national exams.

"I was pretty pleased, I was really not expecting that, but happy to get the results," Ross says.

"I was heading down to the lift and decided to take a shortcut off the track of the slope and hit a lot of snow and flew forward and banged my head on a fence post," Ross says to the BBC about the accident.

"I had to relearn how to walk and talk and do basic things again.

"I knew when I went back to school they weren't going to make me do the S3 exams, so I didn't have that pressure on me.

"The school were really helpful," Ross added.

"I was working when he got his text but I believe he jumped out of his skin and was so pleased," his mother, Wilma, has reported.

"We're just absolutely ecstatic with his results.

"It was really touch and go at times, we didn't know whether we were going to get our boy back but it didn't take very long before there were signs that Ross was improving," his mother added.

"He had lost 18kgs [2.8 stone] in weight over the initial period and had a tube in his stomach to feed him, so it's remarkable with the help of all the team at the Children's Hospital in Glasgow that we walked out of there."

 

Ross says he doesn't know what he wants to do long term.

"I was going to wait to get the results to have a think about it but I'm still skiing, the accident was never going to put me off."

His mother Wilma has said that skiing drives Ross; "He's had a few races recently and been on the podium, maybe not first but he's nipping at their heels."

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