Dad walks daughter down the aisle just months after near-fatal accident

Graham Holdsworth, of Horden, County Durham, was in a coma for three weeks after colliding with a pick-up-drawn horsebox while out on a drive in September last year.

Graham Holdsworth, of Horden, County Durham, was in a coma for three weeks after colliding with a pick-up-drawn horsebox while out on a drive in September last year.

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A PROUD dad has walked his daughter down the aisle – just months after an accident almost claimed his life.

Graham Holdsworth, 57, from Horden, was in a coma for three weeks after colliding with a horsebox being pulled by a pick-up while out on a drive in September last year.

He sustained multiple, life-threatening injuries in the collision on the A168 between Topcliffe and Thirsk.  

As well as a fractured skull, he smashed his pelvis and shattered his legs. He had to be flown to the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough by air ambulance.

But he managed to get back on his feet again to walk daughter Cleo Millgate, 29, down the aisle.

“They didn’t think I was going to survive,” he said. “There were a lot of goals along the way, but that was my main one.

“It meant so much to me and my family.” Cleo said: “Throughout his recovery, and even when he was unconscious, I kept saying to him ‘you’re walking me down the aisle – you’ve got six months’. It did give him focus.

“It was the proudest moment of my life to have him by my side, walking me down the aisle on my wedding day.

“It’s difficult to express how much that meant.

“I can’t thank the air ambulance medics enough for what they have done for our family.”

Graham’s partner, Barbara Petrie, of Norton, near Stockton-on-Tees, is raising money for thr Great North Air Ambulance Service, which does not receive Government funding and relies on public donations.

Barbara said: “It really was a miracle. Without the air ambulance getting him to hospital so quickly, it would have been a very different story.”