A YOUNG motorcyclist who was left in a coma for two weeks after a motorway crash is set to run his first marathon for the charity that helped him recover.
Kyle Higgins suffered serious head injuries when he fell from his bike and collided into the central reservation on the M621 in 2011 and was left fighting for his life.
Now the 25-year-old will be running the Greater Manchester Marathon on April 28 and raise funds for the charity Second Chance, a progressive support group in Wakefield who help and guide survivors of head injuries and their families.
Kyle, who works at Direct Carpet in Bethel Street, Brighouse, said it had been a long road to recovery and a lot of things had changed but he was looking forward to raising money for those who helped him with his rehabilitation.
“I have been so unbelievably lucky,” said Kyle who lives in Birstall. “I wanted to give something back to Second Chance as they helped me a lot and Rachel Cleary, my occupational therapist, who helped me tremendously.”
Due to his injury, Kyle started to have problems with his memory and would often forget everyday tasks he had only just completed. He described it “like being in a dream”.
“I can’t recall anything from the accident and when people show me pictures from before, I can’t remember them either.”
However, eight months after leaving hospital Kyle went to visit Second Chance who helped him develop his memory skills. “It was like I had been reborn again,” he said.
“At first I was a bit stubborn and thought I didn’t need to go to Second Chance but it wasn’t until I started there I realised what a difference it made.
“It was simple things like remembering bus timetables and how they worked and it progressed from there. Second Chance said it was thanks to me being young and healthy and very determined that I have managed to make a recovery. It also helped to rebuild my confidence.
“I am just looking forward to running the marathon as I have never done anything like this before.”
Dad Ken said: “It’s tremendous how he has come through everything and this is his way of saying a big thank you to everyone at Second Chance.”
To sponsor Kyle visit the shop or www.virginmoneygiving.com/kylehiggins