Leamington C&AC record holder is quick to thank medical staff for his recovery
Medical staff at Leamington Rehabilitation Hospital have been praised by a former athlete for healing his body and mind after he suffered horrific injuries.
Former Leamington C&AC middle distance runner Tim Redman had moved to Los Angeles last year but he was flown home before Christmas after he fell victim to a hit and run driver.
Suffering two broken legs, a broken elbow and, most critically, bleeding on the brain, Mr Redman spent two weeks in a coma and was given a 50/50 chance of survival.
The 52-year-old former Kenilworth Grammar School pupil was flown home and has spent the last few months recovering at the Heathcote Lane hospital.
He said: “I couldn’t even remember coming here but the support has been fantastic from the people who have cared for me on the ward right through to my consultants
“My recuperation since I’ve been here had been unbelievable and I’ve gone from strength to strength.
“As an athlete you try to fight your way back from injury, you push and try but with your brain it’s completely different, you need to just relax,do nothing, and chill out which was difficult because I’m not that sort of guy.”
Mr Redman last ran competitively about 15 years ago but he still holds club middle distance running records with Leamington and also Coventry Godiva Harriers.
Training and running with and against the likes of Lord Coe and friend David Moorcroft in his younger days, Mr Redman represented Great Britain and was capable of clocking times which would put him behind only Mo Farah in Britain this year.
The first ever winner of the Two Castles run, Mr Redman will be able to walk unaided again when he leaves the hospital.
Sue Bleasdale, the hospital’s general manager, praised Mr Redman’s positive mentality and his determination to recover and said he is an example of the high level of care the hospital provides for patients and their families.
She said: “It’s been proven over many years that it’s fine looking after a person’s physical state but you really have to be mindful of their psychological condition as well.”
To support the hospital’s brain injury appeal visit www.justgiving.com/LBIappeal or text swft11 and £2, £5 or £10 to 70070.
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