A MAN who very nearly died two years ago in an horrific motorcycle crash has thanked the medics and emergency crews that have put him back on his feet.

Jim Davidson, from Bartestree, still cannot remember the accident with a Cherokee Jeep near Lampeter in west Wales.

The 38-year-old spent 18 days on life support at West Wales General Hospital, Carmarthen, before being transferred to Hereford County Hospital.

His stomach had to be rebuilt by doctors in Hereford and, unsurprisingly, he is still coping with injuries which also included broken ribs and a shoulder.

“The damage to my ribs was my main injury because they damaged my lung and kidney, and also resulted in my spleen being removed,” said Jim.

“I now have to take tablets for life to compensate for having that removed. I also damaged a large nerve in my lower back and, as a result, I have a lot of trouble walking any distance and doing anything physical.”

Jim also suffered a serious head injury in the accident and received support from the head and brain injury team at Belmont.

“I have been attending a six-month course with them to teach me to cope with the fatigue and memory trouble I suffer from,”

he added.

“I really want to thank everyone there for the continued support.”

Each year, emergency services advise motorcyclists about the dangers of riding. Jim now wants to reiterate the warnings.

“If I have any advice to other people and bikers, it would be to always be aware of your surroundings and don’t take things for granted as the unexpected could just be around the corner,” he said.

“I am lucky enough to have been given a second chance and am fortunate to have a loving family and a great group of friends that have brought me through this. I can’t thank them enough.”