A boy left in a coma for months after being hit by a car has gone back to school – three years after doctors warned he was unlikely to survive.
Adam McQuillan was eight when he was knocked over by the car on his way to the shops. He suffered a severe brain injury and multiple skull fractures and was put into an induced coma.
When he woke up several months later, his family was told his injuries would be 'permanent and profound'.
But Adam, now 11, from Oldham, is back at school after learning to walk unaided and beginning to speak again following expert care at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.
His mum, Anita Claxton, 32, who is married to Adam's step-dad Adam Claxton, told her local paper: "After the accident, Adam was trapped in his own body - now he has a life again.
"We were told years ago he wouldn't make a full recovery but had prepared ourselves for a life of full care, like having to move him on hoists.
"He may never be 100 per cent but he will now have a quality of life and probably be able to live independently when he gets to 18.
"After his accident we sold his XBox and Wii because we were told he would never be able to use them - now he plays them one-handed and is also really into drawing and colouring. He can do so much.
"We've organised a trip to Alton Towers for his 11th birthday, which he'll love. It is a birthday we didn't think we'd see."