A Donegal man paralysed by a freak accident is going ahead with his wedding next month after refusing to postpone his big day, despite still being confined to hospital.
Alan Patterson was paralysed ten months ago after an accident on a trampoline. The hockey player, who played with Instonians in Belfast, dislocated his spine and was in intensive care for weeks.
The Killygordon man has been in hospital since and a series of fundraising events have been held for him in Donegal and in Northern Ireland.
The 27-year-old is getting married to his fiancée Hilary Bradshaw in Armagh on June 10th but Alan is determined to get himself out of the Belfast hospital he is in after his wedding and in an unusual step Alan has advertised for three personal assistants who he can hire privately to help him live his life to the full. Alan has regained some movements in his arms as he prepares for his big day in Co. Armagh and he is determined to achieve more movement across his body.
Describing his ordeal to Belfast Live, he said: “It was terrifying. I was lying there totally conscious but unable to move any part of my body. I needed other people to do everything for me and I kept flying into a panic thinking this was what the rest of my life was going to be like.”
Source: Donegal Democrat