Steve Taylor, from Stamford, walks for the first time after being left critically ill when his van was involved in a crash with a lorry
A man left fighting for his life after his van was in a collision with a lorry has walked for the first time since the smash.
Steve Taylor, 34, from Stamford, took nine steps with help on Monday last week at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Glasgow where he has been since the crash on the M74 near Lockerbie on Monday, November 25.
Dan Griffin, 26, a close friend, colleague and teammate at Stamford Rugby Club, said: “It’s difficult to sum up how we all feel to see him walking and how proud we are of him.
“It was one of those things that completely blew me away.
“Five weeks ago, we didn’t know whether or not he was going to survive so it’s just incredible to see him like this.
“They thought he may still be in a coma now but he’s out of that and in good spirits.
“It’s going to be a long road but I went up to see him last week and he is doing really well.
“He just keeps pushing and pushing and that’s why he is such a good sportsman.
“He sets high standards and is always doing that bit extra.
“It’s testament to the kind of person he is.”
As well as being out of a coma early and taking his first steps since the crash, Steve is also sitting up and eating full meals.
Doctors are trying to fuse the bones in Steve’s legs together to try and get them to grow.
At the moment, they are surrounded by metal cages and about two inches has been taken off his right leg and it is thought it could take up to two years for his left to recover.
He has had numerous surgeries already with more to come as well as physiotherapy.
Dan praised the doctors, nurses and surgeons treating Steve as ‘remarkable’.
Friends have travelled up to Glasgow to visit him and his family, including his partner Molly Meadows, have been a constant at his bedside.
A Go Fund Me Page set up to help Steve, a self-employed electrician who was driving to Glasgow for a two-week job when he had the accident, has raised £20,269.
The money is being used to help pay his mortgage and for things such as hotels for his family.
Dan added: “The support of people far and wide has been amazing and there’s people that don’t even know him who have donated.
“I restores your faith in humanity and shows we’re not all that bad.”