A CRASH victim who has been trapped in his house for 20 years has found a way to reach across the globe.
Ian Harper, who was paralysed from the neck down in a motorbike accident, has created a website about living with tetraplegia.
His adapted computer has given him a lease of life, with people from around the world logging on to read his story and information about spinal injuries.
'I want to tell people like me about having a computer because it will change their lives and open them up to a whole new world,' said Ian, 36, of Ravensholme Court, Tattenhall.
'It's not easy learning, but I have been there and I will help people in any way I can.'
Ian got his first PC about four years ago. It was donated to him by a charity called The Sequal Trust.
He said: 'At first, I didn't really want a PC because I didn't think I would use it, but my family and online friends helped me.
'I built the website for a bit of a challenge, just to see if I could do it. But when I started to chat online to people, I found it was useful for them to visit the site.
'They could then understand about spinal injuries and about me and my family and they could also see my photos.'
Since then, Ian has saved enough money to buy a laptop, which he can take with him on hospital visits.
He uses a hands-free keyboard and a suck/blow switch and can type quicker than your average keyboard user.
Ian, who has made cyber-friends with people as far away as Thailand, says information technology changed his life. Apart from surfing the net, he also spends time writing poetry.
Ian's accident took place in August 1983, when he was 16. On his way to Chester, he looked behind him and smashed into a parked car.
Ian broke his neck, back, elbow arm and wrist and completely shattered his leg. He also had to have part of his intestine removed.
On his website, Ian writes: 'I used to think a lot about my accident and why it happened to me and what I could have done differently.
'But it did not get me anywhere, so instead of thinking about the past I now live in the present and look forward to the future.
'Life is too short for regrets.'
Ian's website is at www.geocities. com/big_red_one_67/Home_Page