Man on the mend after being impaled on railings in Gwersyllt

Published date: 14 March 2014 |
Published by: Garth ApThomas 
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A MAN who suffered horrific injuries after being impaled on railings is now able to walk and talk in hospital.

Marlon Poole’s incredible recovery is going so well it is hoped he will be able to start eating solid food again in the next couple of days.

Mr Poole’s father, Stewart Poole of Acton, said words simply cannot express how much gratitude his family feels for the superb medical treatment he has received.

Mr Poole’s terrifying accident happened at Gwersyllt railway station in the early hours of Saturday, February 22.

A railing spike pierced through his throat and face and into his skull.

Initially Mr Poole, 38, from Shotton, who is originally of Summerhill, Wrexham, was taken to the Maelor Hospital, but then transferred to Stoke-on-Trent.

Speaking yesterday about his son’s recovery, Mr Poole, 71, said: “Marlon is doing so well. He has been on his feet since Tuesday.

Initially he was allowed to walk to the television room, that was about a distance of 30 yards.

“On Wednesday night he walked with me to the hospital restaurant, that is about 200 yards.

“He is hoping to be allowed to eat solids today (Thursday). He has been on liquids up to now, they carried out surgical work to his upper palate.

“What Marlon would really like is to eat a Sunday roast, but he will have to take it easy to start with.”

Mr Poole said his son has been able to speak for a number of days.

“Marlon seems to have flashbacks to what happened. Each day things get a little clearer.

“At the moment he has no recollection of the accident itself. His first memory is of waking up in hospital and seeing us all around. He says it is a bit like a bad dream.

“From the bottom of his heart Marlon thanks everyone involved in his rescue and the medical care he has had since.

“Friends as well as family have been to see him, they are restricted to two to a bed. At this stage it is too early to say when Marlon will be discharged.

“He does have pain, but that is to be expected given what he has gone through.

“When you look at how Marlon is now to when the accident took place, it is incredible.

“Initially I was afraid we would lose him, it was touch and go.

“But the combination of the brilliant work by the rescue personnel, the hospital care and Marlon’s determined courage means he is pulling through.”

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