Hornchurch terror survivor is new disability adviser
A HORNCHURCH man, who was the most seriously injured survivor of the 7/7 terror attacks, will help others with disabilities.
Daniel Biddle, 31 - who lost both legs, his left eye, spleen and 87 pints of blood in the 2005 atrocity – was appointed chairman of the Southend University Hospital’s disability network for staff and patients.
The Essex hospital’s quality and diversity manager, Amit Popat, said: “We want to provide the best possible service and care for all our patients and hospital users, so Daniel’s agreement to at as our chairman and adviser on all matters concerning disability and access will be absolutely invaluable.
“We have a great deal of redevelopment going on around the hospital site at the moment and it is a challenge for us to ensure that all our facilities meet the needs of our disabled users. Daniel’s participation and contributions will help us ensure that, as far as possible, we achieve this goal. We are truly delighted he has accepted our invitation.”
Just last week Daniel relived the attack as the inquests into the 52 killed entered its fifth week at the Royal Courts of Justice, in central London, with details of the Edgware Road atrocity.
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He was catapulted by the blast through the train doors onto the tracks and spent several weeks in a coma.
Doctors gave him dozens of pints of blood in transfusions. His heart was massaged by hand as medical staff fought to save his life.
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A 20p piece remains lodged in his thigh bone, and other shrapnel, including his door keys and a large pocketful of change, was removed by surgeons.
Daniel is now a wheelchair user and hopes to represent Britain in archery at the 2012 Paralympics.
Coroner Lady Justice Hallett described Daniel’s survival as ‘inspirational’.
Daniel said: “Through circumstances, I have had to face the many difficulties encountered daily by people in wheelchairs and those with other disabilities. It is only when you experience these problems first hand that you can fully appreciate the frustrations and limitations, so I was extremely pleased to accept Amit’s invitation to act as an adviser at Southend University Hospital.”