Cosby villagers raise cash to boost injured teenager Daniel Harvey-Steans
Villagers have rallied round a 13-year-old boy who has returned home from hospital after being seriously injured in a car collision
Daniel Harvey-Steans, from Enderby, was in a collision with a car while walking home from the Victory Show, in Cosby, on Sunday, September 9.
The youngster, who underwent seven hours of surgery following the accident, was allowed to leave hospital on Friday with a wheelchair, walking frame and crutches.
He returned home to find that people had raised money for him and has been excitedly deciding how to treat himself with the cash.
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His mum Tracy said: "Everyone has really pulled together for him and he's really perked up – it's the first time I've seen him smile since the accident.
"I think he's starting to see that there's hope."
Doctors have said it will take months before he is able to walk normally again after pinning a large metal rod to his femur.
His right leg was broken in two places and he also needed surgery to his left eye and mouth.
Tracy, who did not leave her son's bedside for two weeks, said: "I didn't know what to think when I saw him, his face was bloody and he just looked so awful.
"The doctors were worried about his eye socket and thought he might lose vision in his eye, but it seems to be okay."
She said while he was in hospital the teenager had begun to lose confidence and said his life had been "ruined".
Family friend Jo Stammers, 43, from Cosby, visited them on Saturday and handed over £405 which she had collected from members of the public.
She said: "It's lovely because it shows what a close community we have and how much people care.
"Tracey has been through a really tough time – she's been sitting in a chair next to Dan non-stop since the accident, and sleeping at the hospital, so we've got a few things for her, too."
Kind-hearted villagers in Cosby have donated wine, champagne, meals, a cut and blow dry and massages for Daniel's mum and step dad Stef Nedza, 48.
Jo said: "I was in the butcher's the other day and someone just came up and gave me £20 – it just shows how big peoples' hearts are."
Tracy said she wanted to thank everyone who had helped at the scene of the accident and donated money to Daniel.
"I want to say thank you to everyone who helped Daniel after the accident – a guy called Chris Skinner waited with him until the paramedics arrived and the organiser of the show Steve Pepper said he'd give him free VIP tickets for next year.
"Everyone has been fantastic and they've really made a difference."
Anyone who would like to help Daniel or the family can call Jo on 07852 825918.