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Welsh dad told he’ll never walk again after dream holiday ended in disaster

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A Welsh dad has been left paralysed after a horrific motorbike accident during a dream holiday in Thailand. Lee Francis, a 54 year old father of two from Church Village, returned home on a stretcher after an agonising 18-hour flight and is now hospitalised in Wales.

Lee, a respected community occupational therapist in the Rhondda Cynon Taf area, now finds himself needing the support he used to provide. He also has a warning for other travellers about two precautions that saved his life, reports WalesOnline.

His trip to visit his daughter Katie in Thailand turned into a nightmare when he and his wife Clare crashed their motorcycle into a metal barrier. Now, Lee is in intensive care with severe trauma and paralysis from the waist down, his life forever altered by his injuries.

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“I still can’t get my head around it,” Lee shared with WalesOnline. “It has hit me for six. Our life is going to totally change and I’m just a bit worried about the future. I had a wonderful holiday with my daughter. This happened on our last day… the outcome is not great for me, to be honest. “

Lee’s injuries were severe, including broken ribs, a fractured spine in three places and serious lung contusions. His condition worsened in hospital, developing complications that severely impacted his treatment for paralysis.

As he stabilised, he underwent surgery which he hoped would help him keep the use of his legs. The operation was successful but Lee was told he would never walk again, a devastating blow for a man whose life revolved around sport and activity.

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