Phil Shaw, 49, from Thornton-Cleveleys, Lancashire, was seriously injured in the early afternoon of 22 August 2000, on the seafront in Fleetwood, Lancashire, when a car crashed into him as he was riding his Vespa scooter.
Phil endured about 50 operations after the crash, was clinically dead twice on the operating table, and fought to keep his leg for six years until it was finally amputated in 2006. He has suffered from depression, and being constantly in hospital has placed great strain on his family.
Phil remains a strong character and a family man, and continues to ride his Vespa, even though this was the second time he has been seriously injured while riding. Previously, in April 1999, Phil was involved in a crash with a bus, leaving him in a coma with a punctured lung and pancreas damage.
Phil says: "My whole life has been affected by this one day; it now consists of hospital appointments and constant medication, for the rest of my life. I suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) due to the lack of exercise I get. I have battled with depression and a lot of my friends don't know what to say to me. The greatest effect has been on my family – I can't ever ride a bike with my son, play football with him, or do normal father-son activities. My wife has become a carer, not only for my children, but for me as well, and it is devastating to see the stress of that on her. The best way I can describe the impact of the crash is like throwing a pebble into a pool of water – the ripples and effects are continuous and I don't know where it will take me next. Please, look out for each other on the roads, to help ensure other people and other families don't have to suffer needlessly."