THE fight to save the life of a Huddersfield teenager after a road accident will feature on television tomorrow.
Callum Parkinson was seriously injured when he was hit by a car near his home on Station Road, in Fenay Bridge, on June 9.
Quick-thinking neighbour Anthony Spika, a paramedic, tended to the 13-year-old at the scene and called the Yorkshire Air Ambulance after realising how seriously injured he was.
The ambulance crew rushed him to Leeds General Infirmary, where he was taken into theatre for treatment to major head injuries.
BBC One’s Helicopter Heroes programme, at 9.15am tomorrow, will document the air ambulance’s efforts.
It will include an interview with Callum’s mum, Christine, recorded shortly after the incident.
Callum, who attended King James’ School in Almondbury, was involved in the accidental collision as he returned from training with Newsome Panthers Rugby Club.
Since the accident he has defied doctors who feared he may not survive and is making a remarkable recovery.
As well as operations on his brain, Callum was given a tracheostomy, a procedure to open his airways, after his lung collapsed.
He had to have a tube inserted into his stomach so that he could be fed.
And titanium plates were later put in his head to protect his brain.
He slowly regained some of his speech and has been learning to walk again.
Callum now spends weekdays at hospital undergoing various therapies and is at home at weekends.