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Recovering skydiver Ben from Stonehouse in race to walk again with baby son Alfie

By The Citizen  |  Posted: February 03, 2014

  • Ellie Harrison with son Ben Cornick and baby Alfie

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Rescued skydiver Ben Cornick from Stonehouse who is recovering after crashing during his 12,000 foot free fall in Fiji fears his baby son will be walking before him.

Ben, 31, crashed into a van when his steering failed on his parachute last month, breaking his leg, hip and elbow.

His family and friends raised more than £20,000 to fly him to New Zealand for emergency treatment.

Doctors in Fiji said Ben could lose his leg unless he got the specialist care he needed, not available in Fiji.

Although recovering well down under after two operations, experienced skydive instructor Ben is hoping to be back home for his son Alfie’s first birthday next month.

On the Facebook page set up by his cousin Ricky Davies to appeal for support to get Ben home, he said:

“I’ve been up and down the last few days but just wanted to give another huge thanks to everyone involved in sharing, caring and donating.

“I’m still in total awe of what you guys have achieved for me and I owe every single one of you.

“One shattered elbow, arm, femur and hip are all up and fixed (fingers crossed) and now it’s a case of hitting up the drugs and trying to get moving again.

“Getting out of bed to a chair or the toilet is now a two-person job rather than a three-person job so things are looking up already. Been moved to a proper ward now and doctors say its going to be three months’ minimum for putting any weight on the arm and leg and to start the proper physio to full recovery.

“With the nature of the accident I’m just very lucky to be here.”

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