A MAN who sustained horrific life-threatening injuries after he impaled himself on railings is slowly regaining consciousness, according to his brother.
Marlon Poole has also received good luck messages and a personal ‘get well soon’ letter from the manager and players of his favourite football club, Tottenham Hotspur FC.
Mr Poole, 38, from Shotton but originally from Summerhill, Wrexham, had his throat, face and skull pierced when he fell onto the railing at Gwersyllt railway station in the early hours of Saturday, February 22.
Since then Mr Poole, a leading hand at Tata Steel on Deeside, has been in critical condition at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire in Stoke on Trent.
Doctors tried to wake him over the weekend and although he has had to be re-sedated on and off, his brother Jed Poole, 44, of Towyn, says his condition is improving.
He said: “He is off life support now and regaining consciousness, although they are not certain that he is aware of his surroundings.
“He is still being nursed in critical but things seem to be going in the right direction.”
Mr Poole added the family had gained strength from the number of well wishes his brother had received, including from Spurs.
Squad members have sent signed photographs and manager Tim Sherwood has written personally to Mr Poole to wish him luck, saying: “We are all extremely sorry to hear about your recent accident” and adding “Hope you get well soon”.
Mr Poole is believed to have taken a short cut to the railway station in Gwersyllt after celebrating the birthday of Lee Davies, who lost his life in the last few months, at the Crown pub in Summerhill.
Mr Poole has been assessed at the hospital in Stoke on an hour-by-hour basis since transferring from Wrexham Maelor Hospital and is believed to have received damage to his right eye. Hospital staff are continuing to monitor his progress.
In his letter to Mr Poole, Spurs manager Tim Sherwood said: “We are all extremely sorry to hear about your recent accident.
“I want to take this opportunity on behalf of the whole football club to say that we hope you and your family can keep your spirits up, and that you get well soon.
“We want to thank you for you continued support of the club.”