Joy as Ryan gets back on his feet and takes steps

Ryan Smith walking video screenshot
Ryan Smith walking video screenshot

Showing his trademark strength and determination Ryan Smith has taken another massive step on his long path to recovery.

Aided by dad Mark, Ryan has walked for the first time since suffering severe brain injury after a collision with a van while on a cycle in July last year, not wearing a helmet.

This latest landmark comes just over a month since 17-year-old Ryan returned home to Chapel St Leonards from the Children’s Trust specialist centre in Surrey.

The inspiring teenager had set a target of being able to walk by Christmas but reached his goal weeks ahead of schedule.

It is the latest achievement by Ryan who has defied medical opinion after being left in a coma following the crash.

Mark said: “One of the carers popped round and thought we would try to get him up. We asked Ryan if he could go on a walk, before we knew it he had walked from the bedroom to the lounge. His determination really shone through.

“There was some people at the rehabilitation centre who were very doubtful he would walk again, others thought he may do so.

“His balance is not great and movement a bit cumbersome, but he really tried to co-ordinate himself.

“The left side of his body is still very weak, Ryan has to remap his brain to send messages to it. When he consciously thinks, it can become difficult.”

The emotional story of Ryan’s recovery will feature on the BBC1 Children in Need charity appeal night on Friday, November 14. The film will detail his treatment at the Children’s Trust unit and triumphant homecoming.