Benjamin Gee: ‘It’s great to be back home’

Ben Gee is welcomed home by his family Stephanie, David, Rosemarie, Lindsey, Anthony and Samantha.
Ben Gee is welcomed home by his family Stephanie, David, Rosemarie, Lindsey, Anthony and Samantha.
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Young Benjamin Gee – who was left fighting for his life in hospital after a horror crash – is back home.

The seven-year-old suffered a fractured skull, a fractured shoulder, broken ribs and internal bleeding after being hit by a van on Compton Street, Holmewood.

Benjamin with his parents Rosemarie and David. Picture: Andrew Roe.

Benjamin with his parents Rosemarie and David. Picture: Andrew Roe.

The Heath Primary School pupil was flown by air ambulance to the intensive care unit at Sheffield Children’s Hospital where he lay unconscious for three days before waking up last Tuesday.

Medics say he has made a remarkable recovery and after an agonising wait his parents were finally allowed to take him back home on Monday night.

Speaking to the Derbyshire Times, Ben said: “It’s great to be back home again.

“Everyone’s being really nice to me.”

His father David, 45, said: “I’m delighted to say he’s a lot better.

“He’s chatting away, he’s happy and we’ve been taking him out and about.

“Things won’t be completely normal for a while – he’ll have to use a wheelchair for the foreseeable future – but things are looking good.

“We’re absolutely over the moon to have him back home.

“It’s been an awful time but thank God things aren’t worse.”

Benjamin’s mother Rosemarie, 44, added: “He’s a litle fighter.

“We’re so proud of him.”

The family thanked the emergency services who attended the incident, medical staff at Sheffield Children’s Hospital and also their friends, relatives and the wider community of Holmewood for their kind words and support.

A Derbyshire police spokesman said the van driver stopped at the scene following the crash at about 2.45pm on Saturday, August 8.