THE family of a 24-year-old Tattenhall man left fighting for his life after being hit by a car have paid tribute to the medical staff who they say saved his life.

In May, Michael Brown, 24, of Chester Road, Gatesheath, near Tattenhall, was struck by a car while he walked to work just half a mile from home.

Steve Brown, Michael’s father, said: “Michael was not expected to survive the accident having suffered a very serious brain injury. At the time, the accident devastated the family and will undoubtedly have a long term impact on us all.

“There is little doubt in our minds that, but for the skill of the medical staff, Michael would not have survived and having been given the gloomiest of forecasts for his future, his recovery is nothing short of miraculous.

“We are convinced that his own determination and will to live has been a major factor on his road to recovery.

“His mother Sally, sister Jenny and I would like to publicly thank the paramedics, the hospital staff at the intensive care units at the Countess of Chester and Hope Hospital, Salford, the Neurological Unit, Wirral House, at Clatterbridge, for their dedicated care and the police for the sensitive way in which they have handled the case.

“An extra special thank you is also deserved for Michael’s girlfriend Bev, and his wonderful friends who have continued to visit and support him on a regular basis.”

Matthew Green, aged 36, of Church Bank, Tattenhall, was subsequently convicted of driving without due care and attention at Northwich Magistrates Court and was banned from driving for two years and fined £800.