THE family of a three-year-old boy who nearly died after being kicked by a horse have thanked a county charity for helping him on the road to recovery.
Jobe Taylor-Davies was in a coma for three weeks following the accident that happened at his family's farm in Brampton Abbotts, near Ross-on-Wye, two years ago.
The youngster was transferred to Birmingham Children's Hospital and the damage to his brain was so great that his parents Ben and Helen feared the worst.
But Jobe has not only astonished them, but also medical staff who have labelled him a “miracle baby” for the remarkable progress he has made since the accident.
He can now walk unaided thanks to help at Megan Baker House, near Leominster, and is enjoying going to Abacus 2000 Nursery in Ross.
"He is progressing amazingly well and has started to stand," said Mr Taylor-Davies.
"His speech has improved greatly and is coming on tremendously.
"Maker Baker House do lots of work for him and we cannot thank them enough.
"It is remarkable seeing what they do for children, like how to use a knife and fork and clean their teeth – things that we take for granted."
Jobe's family have so far raised around £200,000 for Birmingham Children's Hospital and £40,000 for Midlands Air Ambulance following the accident and now want to support Megan Baker House,
"We didn't expect him to survive to start with, but he has slowly progressed," said Mr Taylor-Davies.
"We want to thank Megan Baker for everything they have done."
Chloe Hicks, lead conductor at Megan Baker House, said that Jobe has made remarkable progress.
"When Jobe started to attend Megan Baker House he was just starting to learn to stand, but has since learnt to stand independently for over a minute including when manipulating with his hands," she said.
"Jobe is now able to walk between two slack ropes in a controlled way and has recently learnt to walk using a gym ball with only a little help and has taken a few independent steps on occasions.
"His sessions take place in a group, which has helped improve his social skills and he is now initiating interactions with the other children."