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Injured boy to return home after jet-ski accident

Jet ski accident injury


The 14-year-old boy was seriously injured in a jet-ski accident on a Caribbean holiday has now returned to the UK.

Matt Hewitt, from Measham in Leicestershire, was riding a jet-ski with his uncle when it hit a boat off St Lucia three weeks ago. Doctors feared he would not survive because of the brain damage he had suffered.

But he was well enough to fly back home this week with his father and was taken to the Queen's Hospital in Burton to continue his recovery.

His mother Gillian said: "He was hospitalised in St Lucia for six days and when I last saw him he was unresponsive, unconscious and on a ventilator, being taken out to an air ambulance to fly to Martinique. So to see him sitting here now playing on a Playstation is just beyond anything I could ever have imagined."

But his father Richard said there had been problems with insurance: "Basically we don't stand anywhere. The day after the accident we informed the insurance company that Matthew had had an accident, and within half an hour to an hour of me getting back to the hospital they told me I wasn't covered. So basically everything that's happened now, we've had to do by ourselves."

He said the total coast would be just short of £30,000.

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