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Liam Hamilton to run 10k charity race after suffering serious brain injury at Bury St Edmunds building site off Tayfen Road





An apprentice electrician who suffered a life-threatening work injury after a heavy load fell onto him is preparing for a 10k charity race as part of his recovery.

Liam Hamilton was working on a building site off Tayfen Road, Bury St Edmunds, in February 2022 when the load fell off a forklift truck and plummeted several storeys onto him.

The then 19-year-old was resuscitated at the scene before being taken to hospital with a serious brain injury and fractured skull – despite wearing a safety helmet.

Liam Hamilton, 22, is taking on a 10k run after suffering a life-threatening injury at a Bury St Edmunds building site. Picture: Submitted
Liam Hamilton, 22, is taking on a 10k run after suffering a life-threatening injury at a Bury St Edmunds building site. Picture: Submitted
Liam with his sister, Elisha. Picture: Submitted
Liam with his sister, Elisha. Picture: Submitted

Doctors feared he may not survive his injuries and he was put into an induced coma for four days.

After emergency surgery and a month in hospital, he was discharged home – however, his parents had to look after all aspects of Liam’s care as he was unable to walk without help.

Liam, now 22, of Ware, Hertfordshire, said: “The first thing I remember about the incident was waking up in hospital and being told about it.

Doctors feared for Liam's life when he arrived in hospital. Picture: Submitted
Doctors feared for Liam's life when he arrived in hospital. Picture: Submitted
He was put into an induced coma for four days after the incident. Picture: Submitted
He was put into an induced coma for four days after the incident. Picture: Submitted

“From then on I knew my life had totally changed. It wasn’t a case of spending a few weeks in hospital then going home and everything would be okay. That was only the start of it.

“I went from doing normal things for my age, like going out and playing golf, to someone a lot more withdrawn. I couldn’t really walk any distances and couldn’t walk and talk at the same time.

“Those first few months and trying to come to terms with everything was difficult. However, I was determined to try and overcome my injuries. When I started my rehab and physio I could really see the progress I was making.”

Workplace injury lawyers Irwin Mitchell were able to secure a rehabilitation and support team for Liam, who suffered cognitive, strength and balance problems and was unable to return to work.

He has now began training to run a 10k race in London for brain injury charity Headway. Picture: Submitted
He has now began training to run a 10k race in London for brain injury charity Headway. Picture: Submitted
Liam with his girlfriend, Izzy. Picture: Submitted
Liam with his girlfriend, Izzy. Picture: Submitted

His fitness has improved so much that he has been discharged from his neuro-physiotherapist and is now supported by a personal trainer.

He is training to take part in a 10k run in Regents Park in London, in October to raise money for the brain injury charity Headway.

“It gave me so much more drive to keep going,” he said. “It’s hard work and there have been difficult times physically and emotionally, but I can’t thank everyone enough for the support they’ve given me.

“While I’m still dealing with the after effects and on a journey of starting my life over, I feel like I can face the future more positively.

“I’m determined to reclaim more of my old life and I keep setting myself rehab goals and the next one is the 10k. My training with my PT is going well so I’m hopeful of completing the race.

“I just hope that by sharing my story I can potentially help others going through something similar.”

Irwin Mitchell secured an interim payment to help fund Liam’s rehabilitation through working with Weston Homes plc, whose site he was working when the incident took place.

A separate Health and Safety Executive investigation into the incident is ongoing.