Gwersyllt spike victim: 'If I lose my eye, then so be it'

Published date: 20 March 2014 |
Published by: Jonathan Grieve
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A MAN who suffered horrific injuries after a railing spike pierced his throat has spoken of his relief at waking up.

Marlon Poole,  who was impaled on railings at Gwersyllt train station, says the first thing he can remember is his dad Stewart telling him to poke his tongue out if he could hear him at all.

Mr Poole, 38, of Shotton – but originally from Summerhill in Wrexham – then remembers brother Jed asking him to squeeze his hand as he was in bed in the University of North Staffordshire Hospital in Stoke-on-Trent.

For the next few days, Mr Poole drifted in and out of consciousness but he says his first thought at coming around properly was one of relief.

He said: “I was having nightmares while I was in the coma.

“I kept reliving lots and lots of things but when I came round I was relieved because people told me they hadn’t really happened.

“It was a quite difficult time.

“I was dreaming that I had been in other hospitals up and down the country but when I woke up people asked me what I was talking about because I had been in Stoke all the time.”

He added: “If I am going to lose my eye, then so be it. If I keep it, that would be great but I’m not holding out much hope.”

Mr Poole, who says he still does not have any memory of what happened to him, is recuperating at his dad’s house in Little Acton, Wrexham, after being discharged from hospital.

But he still has visits from nursing staff to check on his progress.

And he thanked everyone who has been involved with his care, particularly his dad and brother who he described as his “rocks”.

He added: “The critical care in North Staffordshire was incredible. When I get back on my feet I will be trying to raise money for them.

“The job they did at Wrexham taking the railing out was fantastic as well.

“I’d also like to thank the fire and ambulance services for the work they did at the scene.”

Tottenham fan Mr Poole, who received a letter of support from Spurs manager Tim Sherwood while he was in hospital, has had contact from the Welsh FA offering free tickets to the first qualifying game for the European Championships as well as a shirt and football signed by the squad.

Dad Stewart said friends from work had been dropping by to visit Mr Poole, who is due to go back to hospital next week for a check up.

He joked: “He is getting well looked after.

“I’m the one who will be doing all the work around the house.”

Prior to the incident, Mr Poole, a leading hand at Tata Steelworks on Deeside, had attended a celebration at the Crown Inn in Summerhill, to mark what would have been the birthday of Lee Davies who lost his life in the last few months.

Mr Poole was freed by firefighters in the early hours of Saturday, February 22, and taken to the Wrexham Maelor Hospital.

He was later transferred to the specialist unit at Stoke.

Officers from North Wales Police, British Transport Police, North Wales Fire Service and the Welsh Ambulance Service were all involved in the rescue operation.

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