Teenager Sam Barfoot stuns doctors by walking out of hospital two weeks after being paralysed in crash at Rogers Hill Raceway

Bournemouth Echo: INCREDIBLE: Sam Barcroft who made a miracle recovery pictured with his family INCREDIBLE: Sam Barcroft who made a miracle recovery pictured with his family

A DORSET teenager who was paralysed in a horror crash stunned doctors when he walked out of hospital.

Sam Barfoot was the victim of a dramatic race accident last October at the Rogers Hill Raceway in Bere Regis.

The 15-year-old, who is from Corfe Mullen, broke his back in seven places and was told that he would never walk again.

The teenager has been racing since he was eight and is a member of Poole & Parkstone Motocross Club.

He underwent a five-hour operation and had two titanium rods, two bolts and 11 screws inserted into his spine.

To the complete shock of his family, friends and doctors, Sam walked out of hospital less than two weeks later.

His mum Dawn told the Echo how she witnessed her son ‘fly’ off his bike into the air after a jump at 40mph before hitting the ground and ‘bouncing more than once’.

She said: “He just ended up in a big hole at the side of the track.

“The bike landed on top of him.

“I just kept thinking ‘please get up’ over and over again but he didn’t so his dad and I started to run towards him.

“There was no movement and he was unconscious when his dad got to him.

“I wouldn’t wish any mother or parent to go through what we did.”

Emergency services flocked to the scene and Sam was taken to Dorset County Hospital.

He had already taken part in a race that day and was leading the way in the second before the crash.

Before the operation, Sam had regained some small movements in his lower legs but surgeons did not expect this to improve after the operation.

He was later taken to Southampton Children’s Hospital, which specialises in spinal injuries, for an MRI scan and the doctors believed he would be in hospital for months.

Sam stunned surgeons when he took his first steps and left hospital just 12 days later.

Sam, who attends school at Corfe Hills in Poole, and his family thanked staff at the hospital, especially Dr Evan Davies, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon.

He is now set to lead a normal, healthy life and is determined to race again one day.

His mum added: “As far as his dad Andy and I are concerned, he’s not racing again.”

With three races to go before the season’s end on that Sunday, he still won the championship as he had been so far ahead on points.

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7:41am Tue 13 May 14

alasdair1967 says...

For once a positive piece of news from the echo,good luck for the future sam
For once a positive piece of news from the echo,good luck for the future sam alasdair1967
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8:55am Tue 13 May 14

mac340v8 says...

Brilliant news. But stop racing,eh?
Brilliant news. But stop racing,eh? mac340v8
  • Score: 16

9:56am Tue 13 May 14

Babybop says...

I'm so pleased there has been a happy ending for such a lovely family.
I'm so pleased there has been a happy ending for such a lovely family. Babybop
  • Score: 25

10:03am Tue 13 May 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

Nothing more than a misdiagnosis by a doctor.

What he should have said is 'you might not walk again' instead of 'you won't'

Unless the spinal cord has been severed there is no reason why he couldn't walk again once the bones have been fused.

I hope the doc has been reprimanded for his negative outlook.
Nothing more than a misdiagnosis by a doctor. What he should have said is 'you might not walk again' instead of 'you won't' Unless the spinal cord has been severed there is no reason why he couldn't walk again once the bones have been fused. I hope the doc has been reprimanded for his negative outlook. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: -41

10:25am Tue 13 May 14

simnic says...

Sir Beachy Head wrote:
Nothing more than a misdiagnosis by a doctor. What he should have said is 'you might not walk again' instead of 'you won't' Unless the spinal cord has been severed there is no reason why he couldn't walk again once the bones have been fused. I hope the doc has been reprimanded for his negative outlook.
Although in a way i agree with your comment, it would be nice to think that this is actually a young lad who was determined to walk and proved doctors' wrong. He may never have been able to walk again but miracles do happen. Let's not take that away from a very lucky young lad.
[quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: Nothing more than a misdiagnosis by a doctor. What he should have said is 'you might not walk again' instead of 'you won't' Unless the spinal cord has been severed there is no reason why he couldn't walk again once the bones have been fused. I hope the doc has been reprimanded for his negative outlook.[/p][/quote]Although in a way i agree with your comment, it would be nice to think that this is actually a young lad who was determined to walk and proved doctors' wrong. He may never have been able to walk again but miracles do happen. Let's not take that away from a very lucky young lad. simnic
  • Score: 31

10:46am Tue 13 May 14

suzigirl says...

Nice to hear he is recovering and good luck to him. Unfortunately the same cannot be said for the young 16 year old lad killed at the Tony Moto motocross track near Winchester at the weekend...........my condolences go to his family at this terrible time...........
Nice to hear he is recovering and good luck to him. Unfortunately the same cannot be said for the young 16 year old lad killed at the Tony Moto motocross track near Winchester at the weekend...........my condolences go to his family at this terrible time........... suzigirl
  • Score: 18

2:17pm Tue 13 May 14

Ayles 10 says...

Well done Sam, its amazing what a bit of termination can do. The best of luck to you in the future.
Well done Sam, its amazing what a bit of termination can do. The best of luck to you in the future. Ayles 10
  • Score: 10

3:39pm Tue 13 May 14

shifty035 says...

simnic wrote:
Sir Beachy Head wrote:
Nothing more than a misdiagnosis by a doctor. What he should have said is 'you might not walk again' instead of 'you won't' Unless the spinal cord has been severed there is no reason why he couldn't walk again once the bones have been fused. I hope the doc has been reprimanded for his negative outlook.
Although in a way i agree with your comment, it would be nice to think that this is actually a young lad who was determined to walk and proved doctors' wrong. He may never have been able to walk again but miracles do happen. Let's not take that away from a very lucky young lad.
well said its all good the boy has diffied the odds should make us all smile with a great ending to this news story
[quote][p][bold]simnic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: Nothing more than a misdiagnosis by a doctor. What he should have said is 'you might not walk again' instead of 'you won't' Unless the spinal cord has been severed there is no reason why he couldn't walk again once the bones have been fused. I hope the doc has been reprimanded for his negative outlook.[/p][/quote]Although in a way i agree with your comment, it would be nice to think that this is actually a young lad who was determined to walk and proved doctors' wrong. He may never have been able to walk again but miracles do happen. Let's not take that away from a very lucky young lad.[/p][/quote]well said its all good the boy has diffied the odds should make us all smile with a great ending to this news story shifty035
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4:44pm Tue 13 May 14

Kinzy says...

The caption underneath the main photo says 'Sam Barcroft'... His last name is definitely 'Barfoot'
The caption underneath the main photo says 'Sam Barcroft'... His last name is definitely 'Barfoot' Kinzy
  • Score: 2

5:17pm Tue 13 May 14

Lucky Rich says...

Great news Sam, good luck for the future ,but maybe count your blessings & take up trials & just go & watch MX.....LR.
Great news Sam, good luck for the future ,but maybe count your blessings & take up trials & just go & watch MX.....LR. Lucky Rich
  • Score: 5

5:53pm Tue 13 May 14

Yankee1 says...

This is truly a wonderful story!!!

(But what has it do do with 'Purbeck'?)

Anyway.....good on you, Lad.
This is truly a wonderful story!!! (But what has it do do with 'Purbeck'?) Anyway.....good on you, Lad. Yankee1
  • Score: 3

6:18pm Tue 13 May 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

Yes, well done m'lad. But it's time to sell that bike and invest in something safer as a hobby. Have you heard of base jumping ?

http://youtu.be/J7Dt
oH3W1as
Yes, well done m'lad. But it's time to sell that bike and invest in something safer as a hobby. Have you heard of base jumping ? http://youtu.be/J7Dt oH3W1as Sir Beachy Head
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9:22pm Tue 13 May 14

ladyalicia says...

Well done Sam. Your story couldn't have come at a more reassuring time for my family because my nephew #Fiddy1 was seriously injured a week ago after being thrown from his bike whilst attending a motocross practice at Brockworth in Gloucestershire. He's broken his spine in 3 places and been told he only has a 10% chance of walking again! However, he's determined to prove them all wrong by walking again and getting back on his bike! Please pray for him, thank you
Well done Sam. Your story couldn't have come at a more reassuring time for my family because my nephew #Fiddy1 was seriously injured a week ago after being thrown from his bike whilst attending a motocross practice at Brockworth in Gloucestershire. He's broken his spine in 3 places and been told he only has a 10% chance of walking again! However, he's determined to prove them all wrong by walking again and getting back on his bike! Please pray for him, thank you ladyalicia
  • Score: 9

12:08am Wed 14 May 14

OKANAGAN 1 says...

Let us hope that he makes a full recovery and listens to his Mum and Dad about not racing again.
Let us hope that he makes a full recovery and listens to his Mum and Dad about not racing again. OKANAGAN 1
  • Score: 3

12:12am Wed 14 May 14

OKANAGAN 1 says...

Let us hope that he will make a full recovery and heed the wishes
of his Mum and Dad, not to race again.
Let us hope that he will make a full recovery and heed the wishes of his Mum and Dad, not to race again. OKANAGAN 1
  • Score: 1

12:12am Wed 14 May 14

OKANAGAN 1 says...

Let us hope that he will make a full recovery and heed the wishes
of his Mum and Dad, not to race again.
Let us hope that he will make a full recovery and heed the wishes of his Mum and Dad, not to race again. OKANAGAN 1
  • Score: 0

12:12am Wed 14 May 14

OKANAGAN 1 says...

Let us hope that he will make a full recovery and heed the wishes
of his Mum and Dad, not to race again.
Let us hope that he will make a full recovery and heed the wishes of his Mum and Dad, not to race again. OKANAGAN 1
  • Score: 0

12:52pm Wed 14 May 14

RM says...

Really good news about this young man. Hope he makes a full recovery - and maybe listens to his parents' advice about giving up the MX.
Really good news about this young man. Hope he makes a full recovery - and maybe listens to his parents' advice about giving up the MX. RM
  • Score: 0

6:05pm Wed 14 May 14

madras says...

Delighted for the lad. But please, don't anyone be under any illusions that will power and determination can overcome a serious spinal injury. In this lad's case it was more likely to have been temporary swelling that caused the problem. For many other's they are not so fortunate
Delighted for the lad. But please, don't anyone be under any illusions that will power and determination can overcome a serious spinal injury. In this lad's case it was more likely to have been temporary swelling that caused the problem. For many other's they are not so fortunate madras
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