Teenager’s first Christmas at home in two years

Daniel Boyd had to learn how to walk and talk again after a catastrophic crash resulted in a brain injury.

During last year's festivities, the 17-year-old was hundreds of miles away in a rehabilitation centre recovering from his injuries after being hit by a motorbike. This year his family were able to have a quiet family Christmas at their home in Warwickshire. And his parents bought Daniel a special present; an electric drum kit. "He used to play drums before his accident and went to after-school lessons at George Eliot School when he was a pupil there," explained Mr Boyd, who alongside his wife cares for the 17-year-old on a full-time basis at their home which has been specially adapted. "Music therapy has played a huge part in Daniel's rehabilitation over these past 22 months and so a drum set seemed the perfect choice." Daniel's crash, in April 2013, left the promising rugby player with massive injuries to his head and body and during his recovery he has endured almost 30 operations. As well as the extensive physical injuries, which included several fractures, internal injuries and the loss of the end of a thumb, Daniel suffered permanent damage to his brain. Daniel received something of an early Christmas present when he was honoured at the inaugural Children of Courage Awards 2014 at Aston Villa stadium in November. He received the Courage Award in recognition of his outstanding bravery and strength of character in the face of adversity. Since Daniel's accident, the Boyd's have set up a foundation to raise money for those in a similar situation. The Daniel Boyd Children's Foundation has raised nearly £5,000. Read the full story  
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