‘Little fighter’ Benjamin Gee has long road to recovery after horror Holmewood van smash

Benjamin Gee, seven, is in intensive care in Sheffield Children's Hospital after being hit by a van. Picture: Andrew Roe.
Benjamin Gee, seven, is in intensive care in Sheffield Children's Hospital after being hit by a van. Picture: Andrew Roe.

“Little fighter” Benjamin Gee is regaining consciousness after a horror crash left him in a critical condition is hospital.

The seven-year-old suffered a fractured skull, a fractured shoulder, broken ribs and internal bleeding after being hit by a van on Compton Street, Holmewood, on Saturday afternoon.

Benjamin with his parents Rosemarie and David. Picture: Andrew Roe.

Benjamin with his parents Rosemarie and David. Picture: Andrew Roe.

The Heath Primary School pupil was flown by air ambulance to the intensive care unit at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Speaking from his hospital bedside yesterday afternoon, his parents Rosemarie and David told the Derbyshire Times their son had started to wake up after being unconscious since the smash.

They are “hoping and praying” he will eventually make a full recovery.

Mr Gee, 45, said: “It’s an awful time – I’m so shocked and can’t believe what’s happened to my boy.

“He’s a wonderful lad – he’s so caring and loving.

“He’s slowly waking up and moving his arms and legs – all we can do is take each day as it comes.

“Ben’s a little fighter and we hope and pray he’ll make a full and speedy recovery.”

Mrs Gee, 44, said: “I was hanging my washing out when I heard a bang.

“It was Ben – he’d been hit by a van.

“I can’t believe what’s happened – I’m so upset.

“He’s going to have a very long road to recovery and probably won’t be able to go back to school for a very long time.”

A Derbyshire police spokesman said the van driver stopped at the scene following the crash at about 2.45pm.

The spokesman added: “We’re speaking to the driver to find out what happened.”

Both Mr and Mrs Gee thanked the emergency services who attended, staff at Sheffield Children’s Hospital and also their friends, family and the wider community of Holmewood for their kind words and support.

On the Derbyshire Times’ Facebook page, scores of people have wished Benjamin a speedy and full recovery.

Laura Anne Batterham said: “Get better soon, Ben. Such a lovely, jolly little lad.”

Tracey Bowness said: “Oh, this poor family. My thoughts go out to them all. I hope the little man makes a full recovery.”

Elaine London said: “I am keeping my fingers crossed for little Ben.”

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