Thrillseeker left paralysed

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A man who suffered a broken neck in a freak incident while riding the Grand National rollercoaster at Blackpool Pleasure Beach has been told he will remain paralysed from the neck down.

Robert Sycamore, 55, suffered the freak injury after going on the ride at the fun park while visiting Blackpool with his family from Ipswich.

His devastated family said he had taken his great-nephew on their first ride of the day at the park last month.

But he was unable to get out of the train and had to be cut free by firefighters.

He underwent a 12-hour life-saving operation at Royal Preston Hospital to restore his breathing and circulation.

Doctors had said there was just a five per cent chance he would make it through the 
vital procedure.

But his nephew has said doctors have told the family his situation will not improve any further.

Darren Parlour, said: “He is still in ICU and his situation is just the same.

“There has been no change but he is stable at least.

“It’s terrible really.

“He is only 55 so he is not an old guy.

“We have already had the long-term diagnosis, he is paralysed from the neck down and that is not going to change.

“He is likely to stay in hospital until at least Christmas and then he will be moved to a rehabilitation centre.”

The family says it is still unclear how he came to break his neck, although the Pleasure Beach has said there were no faults on the famous and 
historic ride.

Mr Sycamore is known to have suffered from spondylitis, an inflammation of the vertebrae in the back.

A spokesman for the Health and Safety Executive said: “This incident was reported by the Pleasure Beach. There is an ongoing investigation and inspectors have been to the park.”