A Lewis fisherman involved in a serious cycling accident is on the road to recovery thanks to a pioneering rehabilitation programme.
Robbie Bell was rushed to Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital spinal injuries unit six weeks ago after falling from his bike while travelling home from visiting friends.
Consultants feared he might never walk again after being diagnosed with Incomplete Tetraplegia – leaving him paralysed from the neck down.
However, thanks to medical staff, Mr Bell is looking forward to returning to the river banks before the season ends.
He said: “There were points where I thought I’d never walk again but taking things as they come, and making gradual improvements in my movement over the past six weeks has got me into a position where I can look forward to catching the end of the fishing season up north.
“I’d like to thank the team at the QEUH and a huge thanks to Loop who were kind enough to donate a brand new fishing rod to help as part of my rehab.”
The keen angler has been seen in the grounds practising his casts, which has played a key role in helping him regain feeling in his limbs, particularly in regaining the use of his hands.
Occupational therapist Amanda Howat, who has been working closely with Mr Bell following his admission to hospital said: “For any rehab patient, the journey to recovery can be long and difficult.
“Robbie has been able to practise doing something he loves, and that has provided additional motivation for him to get back on his feet. It’s fantastic to see how quickly he’s progressed.”