Machine man won’t let the lights go out

Neil Foulds was in motorbike accident in April and now wheelchair bound - fundraising for wheelchair.
Neil Foulds was in motorbike accident in April and now wheelchair bound - fundraising for wheelchair.

A man who nearly died in a motorbike accident has defied all medical odds after being told he would never walk again.

Neil Foulds, 40, had a 20 per cent chance of survival after being in a motorbike accident in April when he was travelling along Rochdale Road on the way to Hollingworth Lake with friend Paul Daley.

Neil "Axel" Foulds who was a keen biker prior to his accident in April 2014

Neil "Axel" Foulds who was a keen biker prior to his accident in April 2014

Neil said he was conscious throughout the ordeal and remembers thinking “this is serious.”

After spending months bedridden in hospital, Neil said he was determined he was not going to let his diagnosis become his reality.

Known to his friends as “machine” for the amount of time spent training in the gym, the former Rugby League player has shown he is made of steel after learning to walk, swallow, sit-up again and to breathe independent of a ventilator.

Neil says his inspiration is his wife Alex, 28, and children Lauren, 19, and Finlay, 6, who say their dad is their heroic inspiration.

Neil says he is in severe pain but pushes himself to do daily exercises as he wants to make a “miraculous medical recovery.”

“They told me I would never walk again but three days after the accident I moved my foot. I remember saying to my wife, ‘I’m going to be on Good Morning Britain telling the nation how I’ve made a miraculous recovery.’”

This optimism, Neil says, sees him through the darker hours.

Although Neil, who has not yet received NHS physiotherapy appointments, is determined to improve his physical health he is on daily medication and struggles to brush his teeth and wash his face due to upper body paralysis.

To make his life easier, Neil and his family have fundraised for a lightweight wheelchair which has special grips to make it easier for Neil to mobilise himself and is less than half the weight of a regular chair. To generate the money needed, Neil’s friends rallied round and organised a race night at King Cross Park Social Club.

To donate see www.gofundme.com/dsnyas