In July 2007 when Tom was 15 he was hit by two cars whilst crossing a road in Chelmsford sustaining a serious head injury which left him in a coma for two months. As a result of the accident Tom is unable to speak, has dystonic/spastic posturing in all four limbs. He can walk but affected by dystonia and blepharospasm (sustained, forced, involuntary closing of the eyelids). Despite this in 2015 Tom learnt to ski again – something he had done with school before his accident and really enjoys. This was made possible by a Charity Disability Snowsport UK (DSUK) whose instructor James Sterry at Hemel Hempstead indoor ski slope taught Tom to ski again.
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