Stabbing victim Nick Verron takes ten steps unaided - four years after being told he'd never walk again

Bournemouth Echo: Nick Verron with his fiance Faith Nick Verron with his fiance Faith

A STABBING victim not expected to survive horrific injuries inflicted in Boscombe is enjoying a double celebration as 2013 dawns.

Nick Verron, who was stabbed in the brain with a screwdriver, was told recovery was “unrealistic” and that he would never walk again or live independently.

But the determined 28-year-old has taken his first unaided steps and has just got engaged.

His next target is to walk his bride-to-be down the aisle this year.

Nick was a 25-year-old top salesman earning £36,000 a year when he bumped into 17-year-old Jason Teelin in Roumelia Lane just after midnight in July 2009.

Witnesses heard Teelin threaten Nick before stabbing him and running away.

Doctors warned his family his life support machine may have to be turned off but he started to breathe unaided and has relentlessly pursued his dream of recovery ever since.

He recently walked five steps without assistance and was so shocked he did it again “to prove it was not a fluke.”

Nick, who now lives in his own bungalow, told the Daily Echo: “I am doing great - everything seems to be going brilliantly. Walking on my own was something I thought I was never going to be able to do.”

He said he hopes to marry his fiancée, Faith, late this year and added: “All you need in life is a little Faith - and I'm going to marry mine. She motivates me and constantly pushes my limits.

“She convinced me to go to Greece on holiday and when we got there not only did she get me on a boat but also convinced me to go snorkelling.

“We are going to Singapore this year so I can meet her family, then getting married. I want to be able to walk down the aisle.”

Nick's mum, Sue Vincent, said: “It has been a hell of a journey - he has hit the heights and the depths and has never given up, ever. If somebody tells him something is impossible, he will do it. He's always been like that.”

Sue said Nick constantly works out in a bid to build up his strength but said his sight, speech and balance are still badly affected by his injuries.

She added: “It is unbelievable that he has gone from where he was to such joy in life.”

Sue said he and Faith are “as mad as each other” and said: “They've been known to go to the supermarket together, Nick in his mobility scooter and Faith tied on the back on roller skates. They are so happy.”

• Teelin, of no fixed address, was jailed for seven years in April 2010 after admitting grievous bodily harm with intent.

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8:56am Tue 1 Jan 13

tricky1007 says...

Brilliant!
Brilliant! tricky1007
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9:06am Tue 1 Jan 13

Boredofthiscountry says...

A wonderful bit of news for new years day, Happy new year :)
A wonderful bit of news for new years day, Happy new year :) Boredofthiscountry
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10:28am Tue 1 Jan 13

speedy231278 says...

He'll regret this story being published, now he's managed to walk a few steps, the Tories will declare him fit to work!
He'll regret this story being published, now he's managed to walk a few steps, the Tories will declare him fit to work! speedy231278
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10:36am Tue 1 Jan 13

nessie says...

I so wish the papers could be full of happy stories like this one I admire your courage and determintaion young man well done Happy New Year and congratulations to you and Faith. Daily Echo keep in touch lets see how this lad is doing and lets see a wedding pic please x
I so wish the papers could be full of happy stories like this one I admire your courage and determintaion young man well done Happy New Year and congratulations to you and Faith. Daily Echo keep in touch lets see how this lad is doing and lets see a wedding pic please x nessie
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10:48am Tue 1 Jan 13

bosco1 says...

Good for you NIck , you will get there by your determination, lets hope the Daily Echo keeps us up to date on your progress. Have a very happy new year to you and Faith.
Good for you NIck , you will get there by your determination, lets hope the Daily Echo keeps us up to date on your progress. Have a very happy new year to you and Faith. bosco1
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11:13am Tue 1 Jan 13

Amelia_40 says...

Amazing! So good to read some good news on New Year's Day!
Amazing! So good to read some good news on New Year's Day! Amelia_40
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12:17pm Tue 1 Jan 13

BournemouthMum says...

Fantastic news. Just shows how someone's life can be changed in an instant just by being in the wrong place at the wrong time. It's so good to see he's making great progress.
Fantastic news. Just shows how someone's life can be changed in an instant just by being in the wrong place at the wrong time. It's so good to see he's making great progress. BournemouthMum
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12:19pm Tue 1 Jan 13

Controversial But True says...

Well done lad, and congratulations of the highest order!!

Such a pity that this kind of story features so strongly in Bournemouth now, and more so, in Boscombe.

This has a happy ending at least, but should never have had to be a happy ending in the first place.

C'mon Council and police, let's clear this town up a bit!
Well done lad, and congratulations of the highest order!! Such a pity that this kind of story features so strongly in Bournemouth now, and more so, in Boscombe. This has a happy ending at least, but should never have had to be a happy ending in the first place. C'mon Council and police, let's clear this town up a bit! Controversial But True
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1:54pm Tue 1 Jan 13

spooki says...

Well done to you! Thats a good finger up to the idiot who stabbed you.
Well done to you! Thats a good finger up to the idiot who stabbed you. spooki
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1:59pm Tue 1 Jan 13

OKANAGAN 1 says...

It is so nice to see a story like this, and not all about the person that stabbed him. Good luck to him and Faith, and a Happy New Year to all.
It is so nice to see a story like this, and not all about the person that stabbed him. Good luck to him and Faith, and a Happy New Year to all. OKANAGAN 1
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2:07pm Tue 1 Jan 13

CockleKate says...

The scroat who stabbed him got 7 years, so he'll be out in under 4. He should be banged up until his victim makes a full recovery.
The scroat who stabbed him got 7 years, so he'll be out in under 4. He should be banged up until his victim makes a full recovery. CockleKate
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2:18pm Tue 1 Jan 13

BournemouthMum says...

CockleKate wrote:
The scroat who stabbed him got 7 years, so he'll be out in under 4. He should be banged up until his victim makes a full recovery.
Maybe, but he will never prosper, never make anything of his life and never find peace. Karma.
[quote][p][bold]CockleKate[/bold] wrote: The scroat who stabbed him got 7 years, so he'll be out in under 4. He should be banged up until his victim makes a full recovery.[/p][/quote]Maybe, but he will never prosper, never make anything of his life and never find peace. Karma. BournemouthMum
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2:36pm Tue 1 Jan 13

Boscomite says...

This is the sort of person our youth should be looking up to. Not Katie Bloody Price.
This is the sort of person our youth should be looking up to. Not Katie Bloody Price. Boscomite
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3:50pm Tue 1 Jan 13

O'Reilly says...

Well done Nick. I'm sure you and Faith will reach your goal together.
Don't forget: "iIligitimus non carborundum......"
Well done Nick. I'm sure you and Faith will reach your goal together. Don't forget: "iIligitimus non carborundum......" O'Reilly
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5:00pm Tue 1 Jan 13

mansak_hunt says...

Very pleased the echo is still updating us on nicks progress and it is great news to hear how well he is doing
Nick I hope you come back to the town after making a full recovery
much love to you and faith
Very pleased the echo is still updating us on nicks progress and it is great news to hear how well he is doing Nick I hope you come back to the town after making a full recovery much love to you and faith mansak_hunt
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7:55pm Tue 1 Jan 13

MikeFrench says...

Brilliant news Nick - all the best for 2013 and far beyond.
Brilliant news Nick - all the best for 2013 and far beyond. MikeFrench
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11:55pm Tue 1 Jan 13

portia6 says...

What an inspirational story and I hope
Nick and Faith have a great future
together! Happy New Year to all!
What an inspirational story and I hope Nick and Faith have a great future together! Happy New Year to all! portia6
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8:09am Wed 2 Jan 13

B.F.G says...

Fantastic, great news and good luck for 2013.
Fantastic, great news and good luck for 2013. B.F.G
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12:04pm Wed 2 Jan 13

nessie says...

Boscomite wrote:
This is the sort of person our youth should be looking up to. Not Katie Bloody Price.
Never a truer word spoken mate to many youngsters these days look up to these so called heroes wither it is popstar reality show or footballers this young man and our armed services are the true heroes
[quote][p][bold]Boscomite[/bold] wrote: This is the sort of person our youth should be looking up to. Not Katie Bloody Price.[/p][/quote]Never a truer word spoken mate to many youngsters these days look up to these so called heroes wither it is popstar reality show or footballers this young man and our armed services are the true heroes nessie
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