Bike tragedy mum’s heartbreak

Liam Clark in Elyn Lodge at St Helens Hospital with is mum Nicloa Woods.
Liam Clark in Elyn Lodge at St Helens Hospital with is mum Nicloa Woods.

THE mother of a St Helens teen who was nearly killed in a scrambler bike accident has recalled the moment her family’s lives changed forever.

Nicola Woods also told how her son Liam, who was left brain damaged and needing round-the-clock care following a crash near the Dream statue, could be just weeks away from an emotional opportunity to spend a night at home.

Sixteen-year-old Liam suffered horrendous injuries when two scrambler bikes collided on September 16 last year - just moments after he had got onto the back of one of the bikes.

After being airlifted to hospital, the St Cuthbert’s pupil, of Clock Face, was in a coma for a month and Nicola was warned several times that he may not pull through.

Thankfully, his condition is now stable enough for him to have a chance of spending a night at home - alongside his two 24-hour carers - within the next six weeks.

But Nicola, 37, who is backing St Helens Council’s Safespace campaign in the build-up to the summer holidays, admits he still faces a very long road.

She said: “I can still remember everything about the day it happened - even nine months on. I was stood in my kitchen when a kid knocked on my door and said Liam had fallen off a motorbike.

“I was worried, of course, and went straight over to where it had happened - but at that stage I had no idea how catastrophic it was.

“Although Liam was unconscious it still didn’t hit me until the air ambulance landed on the motorway. I remember asking one of the paramedics if he was going to be okay - expecting him to be able to reassure me - but he just said ‘I don’t know, you need to speak to the doctors’.”

She added: “To any kids thinking of getting on a scrambler bike this summer my message is simple - just don’t do it. It’s not worth suffering an injury or losing your life for a five-minute thrill ride on the back of a motorbike.

“Liam probably got on that bike freely, without a helmet, but it turned out to be a moment of madness that’s ruined his life.

“I would hate to think Liam has gone through what he has and for it to just happen to someone else. I’d never want anyone else to have to go through what we have. I also want the Dream site to be properly fenced off.”