A hit-and-run victim who was delayed urgent rehabilitation due to a funding blunder is finally being moved to a specialist unit.
The move comes after The Star and sister title the Doncaster Free Press ran a story highlighting 20-year-old Lee Cardwell’s plight.
Lee’s family have praised the papers for helping the father-of-one after he sustained serious head injuries.
Mr Cardwell has spent five months lying in a hospital bed after major brain surgery after being deliberately knocked down in Bentley in April.
Lee’s mother Derry Lincoln Miller said: “This is a major turning point for Lee and we can’t thank the papers enough. If it wasn’t for the article I think he’d still be lying there now.
“Lee is so pleased and since he found out he’d be moving he’s been shocking everyone by sitting up.
“I think it’s given him a boost and he’s trying to prove to everyone that he can get through this.
She added: “We’re all over the moon. I’m sure he’s going to come on in leaps and bounds now.”
Lee’s family said they were told that he would be moved from Doncaster Royal Infirmary to a specialist neuro rehabilitation centre in Goole to continue his recovery.
But the move was delayed for two months because funding had not been given the green light.
His family feared the delay could compromise his recovery.
Speaking about the delay at the time, Jo Pollard, who is director of quality and service delivery at Wakefield CCG said: “We understand that, for a patient, the time taken to make a decision can seem to drag but we have to make sure that we have all the necessary information from the health professionals who are looking after them.”