Adam Woodyatt's son walks unaided after horrific incident
- Bang Showbiz
- 21 November 2016
Adam Woodyatt has revealed his 18-year-old son Sam has started to walk unaided less than two months after he was mowed down on a London street and had to undergo five hours of life-saving surgery to be "put back together"
Adam Woodyatt's 18-year-old son has started to walk unaided after he was run over by a car and had to be "put back together".
The 'EastEnders' star's boy Sam was mowed down by a motor as he was crossing the road in London on September 29 and had to undergo five hours of life-saving surgery before spending five weeks in a wheelchair, but he finally managed to walk by himself on Friday (18.11.16).
Speaking about the incident for the first time, Adam - who plays Ian Beale in the soap - wrote: "Sam was crossing the road and got hit by a car.
"The London Air Ambulance responded, treated him at roadside, put him into an induced coma and took him to the Royal London Hospital. I'm not going to go into all the details, that's Sam's business but the operation to put him back together took five hours.
"Up until last Monday he was in a wheelchair, on Tuesday he started on crutches, yesterday, Friday 18th November, he was walking up a staircase unaided. His recovery has been amazing and we are going to continue with the original plan."
The 48-year-old actor and Sam are set to run the London Marathon next year in aid of the London Air Ambulance service.
Adam has set up a Just Giving page with the aim of raising to £3,750 for the service - of which he is a long-time ambassador for - but the pair were already planning to run the 26.2-mile race before the teenager's accident.
Adam added on the webpage: "It sounded like a good idea when talking to a friend about how she managed it last year.
"Having been an Ambassador for the Air Ambulance Service for many years, I wanted to more actively fund raise now that both of my Children have gone to University.
"I then talked it through with my son Sam in mid September and we came up with the idea of him running it and me walking it as a kind of tortoise and the hare to show the difference in transfer times between an Ambulance and an Air Ambulance.
"In case you are wondering, I'm the tortoise, he's still going to be the hare."