AN ACTON man who suffered devastating injuries in a collision with a bus has vowed to get back on his feet and run a marathon.
Personal trainer Rachid Afouzar believed he would never walk again after the accident at the junction of Acton High Street and Horn Lane, in Acton, on February 9.
The 39-year-old broke his skull, collar bone, shoulder blades and all his ribs, lost hearing in one ear, had part of his face paralysed by nerve damage, cannot focus properly with one eye, suffered a torn liver and damage to other organs, sprained an elbow and suffered deep cuts and bruises all over his body.
He was told the bus was 'so badly damaged it looked like Superman had hit it'.
Mr Afouzar, who was released from hospital on Saturday – just nine days later – is now being cared for by his partner Eileen Imrie at their home in Horn Lane.
He said: “I work at Energise Gym based at West London College’s three campuses. I was on my way to Acton Town Tube to go to the Hammersmith campus when the accident happened. Someone at my gym said the bus was so badly damaged it looked like Superman had hit it.
“I remember starting to cross the road and then nothing until about two days later. I was in a neck brace in hospital and thought I’d never walk again. Running is my whole life, I used to run 40 to 80 miles a week. I can’t imagine not being able to do it.”
Mr Afouzar was taken to St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington by air ambulance at about 1.45pm on the day of the accident. Had he not reached help within minutes, medics said he would be dead. Doctors said he may also owe his life to his physical fitness, as the strength in his body helped him take the force of the blow.
“The guys from the helicopter and the doctors are angels. Words cannot say how grateful I am,” he said.
The popular member of Ealing Eagles running club remains bed bound, in a lot of pain and having to sleep about 20 hours a day to recover. He cannot walk for more than a couple of minutes without becoming dizzy, but plans to complete the Berlin marathon on September 30.
He added: “It’s a different kind of pain to what I’m used to, my body is shattered, but I can work through it.”
First, which runs the E3 bus involved, is investigating. Witnesses should contact traffic police caseworker Colin Neve at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 020 7230 4919.