Caldicot teen in coma for two weeks raises funds for hospital which helped him

FUNDRAISER: Ricky Bailey, of Caldicot,completed the charity bike ride

FUNDRAISER: Ricky Bailey, of Caldicot,completed the charity bike ride

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A CALDICOT teenager who fought back from a coma and had to learn how to walk again has raised more than £800 for the hospital which helped him.

The Free Press reported how Ricky Bailey, 18, of Wentwood View, was in a coma for two weeks from November to December 2013 after suffering a brain haemorrhage after he says he was attacked in Caldicot.

The determined teenager was left learning how to walk again following the incident but not letting anything get in his way he decided to take on a cycling challenge to raise money for the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, which helped him in his recovery.

The teenager completed the ride on Saturday along with his older brother Rob, 29, and his friend Kyle Samuels,18, cycling from the Haywain pub in Caldicot to Rodney Parade in Newport.

Ricky's mum, Alison said the ride covered around 18 miles.

So far, through bucket collections, the trio have raised more than £800 with more money still coming in.

Mrs Bailey said: "We have exceeded our expectations. Ricky would not stop. He was so determined. We are immensely proud."

Back in June, when the Free Press first reported on Mr Bailey's story, he said: "I missed so much college because I was in the hospital I had to drop out. I wasn't with it to be honest, I had to learn to walk again, climbing the stairs was hard for me -my mum had to stand behind me when I went upstairs."

He added: "I wanted to help the hospital out after they've helped me. To help other people."

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