Feb 26 2013 by Tom Duffy, Formby Times
A MAN who suffered brain damage in a road crash which claimed the life of Ainsdale man Frazer McCarthy featured in a Channel Five documentary.
James Walmsley suffered massive head injuries when the Ford Focus he was driving collided with a Nissan Qashqai on the Formby Bypass last May.
Frazer, 21, who was sat in the front seat of the Focus, was killed.
James was banned from driving at the time of the crash and police are still investigating the incident.
The Formby man was rushed to Walton Neurological Centre after the smash, where doctors fought to save his life.
Brain Hospital: Saving Lives showed consultant Paul May telling James’ parents that their son could die.
The programme, which was aired on Tuesday night, also shows the Formby man undergoing lifesaving surgery days after the smash, and his parents weeping with relief when they were told the procedure was a success.
James’ dad Jack said: “I told the surgeon that he was my superman after he saved my son’s life. He gave me a hug. That was a very difficult day. Our son’s life was in the balance.”
Although James’ condition stabilised, his mum and dad were told that he had suffered life-changing brain damage.
He was allowed to go home to Formby in December.
His mum Kim said: “At first we thought he would die, and then we were told he would be in a vegetative state for life.
“We have our son back at home. He sat at the table with us on Christmas Day. We bought him toys and board games. We are so grateful to have him.”
Despite James’ progress, the Formby man now has the mental age of a 10-year -old and is completely reliant on round-the-clock care. He suffered a diffused axonal injury, which most people do not recovery from.
Kim added: “It has been hard for his mates. When he was in hospital they were at his bedside, but now it is different. When they first came to see him at home, you could see the pain on their faces. James looks the same, but he is not the same. I feel sorry for his mates. Some of them stay away now but I understand.”
Jack said of the consultant: “Paul May is a lovely bloke who relaxes everyone around them. He is also a genius.’’
James’ brother Harry Walmsley is running the Liverpool half marathon to raise money for the Walton Centre. Go to justgiving.com/ HarryWalmsley.
A Merseyside Police spokesman said they are currently seeking advice from the Crown Prosecution Service.