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Man left 'motionless' after Romford A12 hit and run campaigns for sport rehabilitation

PUBLISHED: 15:36 16 May 2016 | UPDATED: 15:36 16 May 2016

Tom Kerr and Louise Groom

Tom Kerr and Louise Groom

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After being hit by a car in Romford in January 2013, doctors said 27-year-old Tom might never speak, walk or live independently again.

Now, just over three years later, he has returned to work, and recently proposed to his girlfriend.

The sports coach was left motionless on the westbound carriageway of the A12 in the hit and run, for which a driver was later convicted for failing to stop at the scene of the accident.

Tom Kerr said: “It hasn’t been easy.

“There have been so many things I have had to relearn and it was difficult to have to depend on so many people when I’d been such an independent person before the accident.

When he arrived in the Royal London hospital, his skull was shattered and part of it had to be removed, and his leg was badly fractured.

He then spent four months at the Regional Neurological Rehabilitation Unit (RNRU) at Homerton Hospital where he underwent physiotherapy, neuropsychology, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy.

Now, three years on, Tom has returned to work and proposed to his girlfriend Louise, 26, in March.

He is now campaigning for law firm’s Irwin Mitchell “Don’t Quit Do It” campaign, which aims to show how sport can help with rehabilitation from serious injuries.

Tom said: “I think my passion for sport helped me get through it in my darkest moments. My focus was always getting back to sport, getting back to coaching and, of course, getting back to Louise.

“I have had a wealth of support from my family, my friends and all the medical professionals who helped make my recovery a success story and for that I will be forever grateful.”

Sarah Griggs, specialist brain injury lawyer at Irwin Mitchell and trustee of Headway East London, representing Tom said: “Having visited him in the beginning, I could never have imagined how successful his rehabilitation would be. Tom is an inspiration to so many people suffering with severe brain injury and a testament to how love and support – and a love of sport - can lead to rehabilitation.”

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