Deer crushed driver’s body after leaping on his open-top sports car
A deer crushed every part of a driver’s body after jumping onto his open-top sports car.
Willie Dowie, 63, spent 65 days unconscious after the animal leapt on to his chest and sent his Westfield 7 motor crashing into a tree.
His family was told he had a 5% chance of living after the freak accident in Perthshire, Scotland, the Daily Record reports.
He had to be airlifted to hospital and his family feared he might not pull through.
The dad-of-two said: "Every part of me was crushed, broken or damaged – from my collar bone to my ankles.
"The deer came out of nowhere. There was nothing I could do.
"I remember the crushing pain as the animal landed on me and remember hitting the banking and flying towards the tree.
“Then I just drifted in and out of consciousness in a world of pain – pain like I've never experienced before.
"I remember hearing sirens, soft voices and questions I couldn't respond to. Then it all went black."
Emergency services battled at the roadside to save Willie, from Auchterarder, Perth and Kinross.
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The crash happened between Kinkell Bridge at Crieff and the A9, with Willie taken to hospital in Dundee.
Wife Christine, 59, and daughters Nicola, 35, and Leigh, 33, waited nine weeks for him to wake up.
His family was also told he might lose both legs.
The agricultural fencing contractor said: "My family had it worse than me. I didn't know if I was alive or dead."
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He spent four months in hospital being "rebuilt", with multiple operations to piece his body together again with plates, bolts and grafts.
The accident happened in May 2017 but he has only decided to publicly tell his survival story after meeting up with the air ambulance crew who helped save his life.
He admitted there were days he thought of giving up, but once he started physio things started to get better.
The granddad said: "I didn't know what had happened to me. I was in a big collar because I had broken my neck.
"The enthusiasm and thought of those who were helping and had helped me really kickstarted me from there."
He was eventually able to go home and get back to his job.
Willie still walks with a limp and is waiting on a knee procedure.
But he has refused to rule out getting another sports car, although he says “it would probably be something a bit more robust”.
He added: “I'm still driving now. I don't have a fear because it wasn't my fault.
"I'm not quite 100% but I'm very happy where I am. I can walk and I can get about.”
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