THE wife of horror smash victim Phil Davies has spoken of his battle from the brink of death — and her overwhelming thanks for the support she has received.
The 37-year-old father-of-two, of Bryn Terrace, Seaside, is recovering from what his family described as life-threatening injuries.
They revealed that immediately after the serious car smash in Bryn, on Wednesday, January 9, the hospital nursing team suggested that his children be called to say goodbye, such was the severity of his injuries.
And medics induced Mr Davies into a coma as they were not sure if he would make it through the night.
Mr Davies, also known by his nickname Chief, broke both hips, pelvis, ribs, arms, his back in two places, cracked his sternum and suffered internal bleeding for a week after the crash.
Since the crash, the Liverpool supporter has gone through several blood transfusions and life-threatening operations.
And his wife Lynsey was told if he didn't have the surgery he could have died.
"Phil has had around the clock care since he arrived for more than three weeks, and words can't express how grateful we are," she said.
"For one week he was kept on life support, a machine was breathing for him, he was fed with a tube to keep him alive.
"The impact of his injuries in the long-term is unknown as of yet, it may have even caused him loss to some memory — he's still confused over what happened.
"As well as all this, Phil has an infection in his leg which has delayed his scheduled surgery to fully repair his hips and pelvis injury.
"My family and I are still unsure how long Phil will need medical care and rehabilitation."
Mr Davies is being treated in the high dependency unit at the Heath Hospital, Cardiff, where he is in a stable condition.
His wife has been maintaining a bedside vigil since he was admitted.
Mrs Davies also spoke of the impact of the crash on their children, Katie, 16, and Henry, 4.
"Our daughter Katie needs us now more than ever as she is in her final year at Stradey school sitting her GCSEs," she said.
"And Henry, our 4-year-old, is missing us both as he doesn't understand why he can't be with daddy and mammy, and why daddy can't come home.
"Both children are extremely close to Phil — Henry is Phil's little shadow.
"Henry and Phil saw each other last week for the first time since the accident — it was lovely, but very emotional and sad, especially when they had to say goodbye."
Mrs Davies, a self-employed registered child minder, said Phil still needed her to be with him at the hospital, but added that she had to go back to work to support her family.
"I have to do it for him to have a home to come back to," she said.
"The trauma of the accident has affected Phil not only physically but mentally, he's very low and understandably wants to come home.
"Even though our life has taken a 180-degree turn for the worst, we are overwhelmed with what the hospital staff and people at home are doing for us.
"I am so very grateful to my family and friends that are pulling together not only with words of love and encouragement willing Phil's recovery, but also we have recently learned they are raising an emergency fund through a raffle at Lisa Moore's Popup Vintage Falls event at St Elli's Parish Church on February 23."
See page 40 for more details on the fundraising event.