A MOTHER has described her horror after her son was nearly killed in a quad bike crash.
Ryan Redfern of Telford Court, Connah's Quay, is back home after spending the last four weeks in Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.
The 15-year-old was left fighting for his life after he came off the vehicle on a footpath near John Summers High School, last month.
His mum Jo Law described the past four weeks as “horrendous”.
She said she feared Ryan, who had to have more than a quarter of his skull removed, would not survive.
“I can’t quite believe what he has been through,” said Jo, who has three other children.
“I thought we were going to lose him.”
Jo said three days after the collision, she was planning to return home for a change of clothes – but doctors advised her not to leave the hospital with fears Ryan may take a turn for the worse.
“It was awful,” she said.
“We thought that Ryan wasn’t strong enough and he wasn’t going to make it.”
The popular youngster, who spent a week in intensive care, said the collision was a complete blackout.
“I can’t really remember anything about what happened,” said Ryan, who added: “It feels absolutely great to be back home.”
Following the collision, Ryan had to have two operations, one for a broken femur in his right leg and one on his skull to relieve pressure on his brain.
“He’s getting better. It’s just a miracle,” said Jo.
“He has got to have a metal plate in the right side of his head. They had to remove just over a quarter of his skull.”
Jo praised the doctors and nurses, describing them as “amazing” and also said she had been “overwhelmed” by all the messages of support Ryan and the family have received via Facebook.
“The support has been really overwhelming, “ she said.
“It has been lovely to see.
“I know he’s a popular lad but I didn’t think he was that popular.
“All his closest friends have been around to see him.”
Jo said she couldn’t believe what had happened after she receiving “that dreaded phone call”.
She says it took three days for it to all to fully sink in.
l Another 15-year-old boy was also hurt and taken to hospital following the collision.
He was released after being treated for minor injuries, and then arrested on suspicion of unauthorised taking of a motor vehicle.
A 16-year-old boy was also arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.
Both teenagers are on police bail.