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Warden Bay youngster Miles Rogers is making progress two years after accident outside Sheppey Rugby Club in Lower Road, Minster

By Emma Grove

A schoolboy who was critically injured after being hit by a car more than two years ago is making good progress after having major spinal surgery.

Miles Rogers suffered a severe brain injury after an accident outside Sheppey Rugby Club in Lower Road, Minster, in October 2011.

He was cared for by the Children’s Trust rehabilitation centre in Tadworth, Surrey, but has been home for just over a year now.

Miles Rogers

On Thursday, March 6, the 13-year-old had surgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London to straighten his spine.

It is hoped this will further his rehabilitation as he will no longer have to wear a spinal brace, which should enable him to breathe better now his hips are realigned.

He spent a few days in the high dependency unit following the operation and had to have a blood transfusion but was home after six days, which astonished his consultant as usually it would take at least 10 days in hospital.

His mum Kelly, who lives in Warden Bay, said: “Since the operation, Miles has been eating better and has been using his voice more.

“He also said ‘hello’ to our friend a week after so we are hoping this will progress further.

“Miles has been home just over a year from Tadworth and we have seen a massive improvement in him and as a family we are extremely proud.”

Miss Rogers says it’s difficult to give a long term prognosis with a brain injury but the family will never stop fighting for him.

After the accident, a campaign called Smiles4Miles was launched to help buy equipment for his rehabilitation at home.

So far, £11,500 has been raised which has allowed his family to buy things including a physio bed, a new spinal brace and a movement therapy bike.

To raise further funds, a fun day will be held at the rugby club on Saturday, July 12.

There will be inflatables, games, ice creams, a hog roast, a variety of stalls and much more.

Miss Rogers said: “We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone that has supported Miles and donated money.”

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