A SCHOOLBOY critically injured in a freak skiing accident in France is showing signs of a steady recovery.

Nine-year-old Brook Hill, originally from Brown Knowl near Bickerton, was having a beginner’s ski lesson during a half-term family holiday when an out-of-control skier ploughed into him.

Although Brook, a pupil at the White House School in Whitchurch, was wearing a crash helmet at the time of the accident on February 17, the impact caused him to fall unconscious immediately and ad to undergo emergency treatment on the slopes at Les Monts d’Olmes ski resort in the Pyrenees, before being transferred to Purpan Hospital in Toulouse.

Mum Rachael and dad Louis, who handles publicity for events like Cholmondeley’s Pageant of Power, have spent the week at Brook’s bedside where he continues to show encouraging signs of progress.

Although he hasn’t yet woken from his coma and doctors have warned he may lose the sight in one eye, Brook has delighted his parents by opening an eye and moving his arms and legs when asked.

Louis, who has now returned to the family home in Wrenbury with other son Barney, 12, and has been writing online updates detailing Brook’s progress, told The Chronicle the family have been overwhelmed by the ‘amazing’ support they’ve had from people all over the world.

“The support we’ve received has been amazing – we’ve had thousands of ‘get well’ posts and more than 8,000 visits on the website,” he said.

“There’s a huge amount of support out there, including the rugby community which is great – not just Whitchurch where Brook plays, but other clubs who he’s played against.

“It’s been a fantastic support to us,” he added.

Even footballer Michael Owen showed his support to sports-mad Brook, by posting a message wishing him a speedy recovery.

Louis added: “We’re so grateful for the positive thoughts everyone’s sending; now we just want to focus on Brookie at his most active.

“Although it’ll take time to get him on his feet, we need to see and treat him as the active chap we want him to be again.”

To support Brook, visit www.caringbridge.org/visit/beingthereforbrookie