Teenager comes home to Whitby

Dale Milne back in Whitby with dad Ian and grandparents Eileen and Richard Kirby''w120930b
Dale Milne back in Whitby with dad Ian and grandparents Eileen and Richard Kirby''w120930b
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Dale Milne moved back to Whitby last week after spending eight months on a hospital spinal ward.

The 15-year-old has been a patient at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough since the June accident that paralysed him from the neck down.

Dale Milne back in Whitby with dad Ian and grandparents Eileen and Richard Kirby''w120930a

Dale Milne back in Whitby with dad Ian and grandparents Eileen and Richard Kirby''w120930a

On Wednesday he finally moved back to Whitby, into a property in Byland Road while his family home in St Peter’s Court is being renovated.

Next week Dale will receive a cheque from the Whitby Endeavour Rotary Club for the money they raised during their Christmas art sale, and the youngster has thanked the community of Whitby who has been so supportive during this difficult period.

He said: “Thank you everybody, and I mean everybody, that’s helped out and done their little bit to help the family get back to the way we could be.

“All the charities and people, even those that I don’t know, that have set aside some money, I just want to say a really big thank you and I hope that if I meet you I can thank you all in person.”

Dale’s dad Ian said that he has been a huge personality around the hospital over the past few months, and before he left the staff threw a huge leaving party for his son.

He extended the thanks to the staff of the hospital, saying: “If it was not for the ward, the spinal unit, all the hospital staff that have had things to do with Dale, we wouldn’t be in the position we’re in – thank you James Cook.”

The task now begins for the family to get life back to normal and this has been helped by the resumption of Dale’s school studies.

Since Christmas Dale has been attending Whitby Community College again one day per week and another day at the Green Lane Centre.

This is now set to increase and he will have three days at school and two days of home schooling, with his teaching assistant Kate.

Dad Ian would also like to thank the staff at the Green Lane Centre and Whitby Community College, including Clare Davies and Keith Prytherch, who have been so accommodating in dealing with Dale’s needs.

Although all of his physiotherapy has now stopped as there is nowhere for him to do it in Whitby, there is hope for Dale as he is slowly regaining some movement in his left side.

He can move his hand enough to operate a laptop computer, although typing is still difficult, and there is even a slight twitch in his left foot.

Over an 18-24 month period swelling around his injuries will slowly reduce, meaning there is scope for substantial improvement, and Ian said: “We’ve had stories from the nurses about other people who have been told they will never walk again and then they have got up and walked, so miracles do happen.”

For the time being, however, Dale said he is just enjoying being out of the hospital and back at home with his family and friends.