Hit and run victim’s care on hold due to funding blunder

NDFP- Lee Cardwell, 20, who sustained serious brain injuries after being knocked down by a car in Bentley
NDFP- Lee Cardwell, 20, who sustained serious brain injuries after being knocked down by a car in Bentley

The heartbroken family of a hit and run victim who sustained serious head injuries say the urgent rehabilitation he needs is being delayed due to a funding blunder.

Lee Cardwell, 20, has spent the last five months lying in a hospital bed after undergoing major brain surgery after being deliberately knocked down in Bentley in April following a family christening.

The family of father of one Lee were told he would be moved from Doncaster Royal Infirmary to a specialist neuro rehabilitation centre in Goole to continue his recovery.

But nearly two months on Lee has yet to be transferred as funding has not been given the green light.

Devastated mum Derry Lincoln Miller, who spends seven days a week sitting by Lee’s bedside said: “I don’t know who to turn to next. I am just going out of my mind and so is Lee.

“Every time I have to tell Lee there’s been another delay his face just drops and he has tears in his eyes, it breaks my heart. He is trying to stay strong but I don’t know how much more he can take.”

Lee who has regained movement, is fully aware of what is going on around him but cannot yet speak, has astounded medics with his progress.

But his family fears the delay in securing specialist rehabilitation treatment could seriously compromise his recovery.

Mrs Miller said: “He has been so strong and fought for his life and now he’s still having to fight because he can’t get the care he needs.

“The staff at DRI have been great but even they say that this is not the right place for him.

“Lee is unable to move because of loss of muscle. He is in a ward where he has seen elderly people come in and get wheeled out because they have died.

“Lee is only 20 years old and should not be seeing this.

“We are all being thrown from pillar to post and yet the person who is suffering the most is Lee. The longer he lays in that bed, the longer the rehabilitation will take.”

Lee is described by his family as having a great sense of humour and being a loving dad to his son Oliver who is due to celebrate his third birthday next week.

Jo Pollard, Director of Quality and Service Delivery at Wakefield CCG said: “We can’t comment on the care of an individual, but we are aware of this request and are working closely with the hospital.

“We understand that, for a patient, the time taken to make a decision can seem to drag but we have to make sure that we have all the necessary information from the health professionals who are looking after them.”