Shotton railing horror man squeezes brother's hand

Published date: 27 February 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A MAN who suffered horrific injuries when he became impaled on railings has been able to squeeze the hand of his brother

Doctors yesterday briefly allowed 38-year-old Marlon Poole, who had been under heavy sedation, to recover consciousness.

The patient’s brother, Jed Poole, 44, from the Towyn area, is at his bedside in Stoke-on-Trent, where he was transferred from Wrexham Maelor Hospital.

Jed said he had been able to speak to his brother – from Shotton, but originally of Summerhill, Wrexham – for a short time and he responded by squeezing his hand.

“When he squeezed my hand that gave me hope. His condition is critical but stable,” said Jed.

In the accident at Gwersyllt railway station in the early hours of Saturday morning, a railing spike pierced through Marlon’s throat and face and into his skull.

He underwent surgery on Tuesday night. “It was the first round of surgery with a priority on his throat and wound to his neck,” said Jed.

“They have been able to aid his breathing with a tracheotomy.

“The next step is going to be to get him fully conscious and off an aided respirator.

“I think he will require further surgery. Doctors are not able to fully assess him until he is out of sedation.”

Jed said family members had received many kind messages from Marlon’s friends and they wanted to thank them.

He also stressed the importance of the first class medical care his brother was receiving and the expertise of the emergency services who rescued Marlon after he was impaled on the railings.

“We would like to say thanks again to everyone involved. They are tremendous.”
North Wales Police, British Transport Police, the fire service and the ambulance service were all involved in the rescue on Saturday.

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