A father says he would not be alive today had it not been for the quick actions of his ‘hero’ son.
John Allman was out cycling with his son Jonathan in August when he was hit by a car on the Links Road near Blyth.
John, from Shiremoor, was knocked unconscious and suffered 12 broken ribs, 16 fractured ribs, a collapsed lung and a punctured lung.
Now a recovered John has praised the actions of his son Jonathan who, despite his learning difficulties, called the emergency services.
“A car came really close to me and as I turned to look at the driver and then back to the road, I hit a lamppost at about 20mph with an impact of 40mph, then landed in the middle of the road,” said John.
“Jonathan has special educational needs and does not like to use the phone, but he called the ambulance, police, his mam and a family friend. For him to do that takes guts.”
John ended up in intensive care and spent time in Newcastle’s RVI.
“The nurse said to my wife it was the worst bike injuries she had ever seen,” said John.
“I had stopped breathing and they had to drain my lung as it was full of blood.
“Jonathan saved my live. If he had not helped me I would have not been here today.
“That day will always be with me, and as a parent it’s been choking me to do something about his bravery.
“I’ve can’t ever repay Jonathan for what he has done for me.”