Wiltshire teen on road to recovery

21 May 2010, 06:00

17 year old Jay Ryles-Jenkins from Chippenham knocked his head in a rugby match last year and has been in a coma ever since.

Jay has been showing improvement at the Rehab Unit at Bristol's Frenchay Hospital, he recently smiled at his best friend, and his mum Sue says she's even seen him laugh.

It's now hoped Jay will be able to return home within the next 6 to 8 weeks.

His mum Sue told Heart: "He's getting better slowly, but he will make more improvement once he's home, and have the stimulation of being home and his friends visiting. At the moment he's left to sleep most of the time."

His family are now raising money for a special hydrotherapy pool for Jay. They want one to be installed in their backgarden to support him with his recovery. The warm water helps people move their muscles and eases any pain in their joints, and helps them get regular exercise.

They're holding a garage sale in Patchway from 11am on Saturday 22nd May.