Rhos motorcyclist in horrific smash out of coma


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

A KIDNEY transplant recipient who was criticially injured in a motorcycle crash last week has regained consciousness, his family have confirmed.

Alan Ireland, of Windsor Road, Rhos, had to have his transplanted kidney removed at Wrexham Maelor Hospital after the accident near Llangedla on the A525 last Tuesday.

He regained consciousness on Sunday, but remains in a serious condition.

His mother Joan Ireland, of Bettisfield, said her son remained in a serious conditon but hailed his recovery so far as ‘amazing’.

She added she wished to thank the emergency services and staff at Wrexham Maelor Hospital for their care in “saving Alan’s life”.

The crash happened on the A525 between the villages of Bwlchgwyn and Llandegla, at around 8pm on Tuesday.

A Ford Focus was in collision with Mr Ireland’s motorcycle.

His pelvis broke in the crash and smashed into his transplanted kidney.

Staff at the Maelor Hospital are continuing to stabilise Mr Ireland’s condition and are in consultation with the trauma unit at the University of Staffordshire Hospital, Stoke-on-Trent, to arrange for his transfer there.

Mr Ireland is a keen motorcyclist and his passion for motorbikes led him to a 2012 award for the UK’s Top Motorcycle Mechanic.

He received his award from HRH Prince Michael of Kent at a ceremony in Hertfordshire.

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