Injured glider begins long road to recovery after crash
AN extreme sports fanatic who survived a horror crash while "speed winging" has said he is back on his feet, but faces a long road to recovery.
Stuart Kelly, 34, who lives in Pontarddulais, spoke to the Evening Post from his hospital bed yesterday.
Mr Kelly was left with spine injuries following the accident last weekend.
He was speed flying, which is similar to paragliding, at Rhossili in Gower when he crashed into the ground.
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After the crash he was airlifted to Morriston Hospital and later taken to a specialist unit at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff, where he has so far undergone two operations on his spine.
He said: "The first operation was on the day after the accident, then I had a second one a few days later.
"They had to go in through my back first and had to place a bar.
"The second one was in through the front to take out bone fragments.
"Now I've got to get my body working again.
"I am up on my feet but I can't do a lot at the moment. I'm just taking it day by day."
Mr Kelly said he had been trying not to go over and over the accident in his mind.
"It could have been a lot worse," he said. "But it could have been a lot better. If I had turned a bit sharper out it wouldn't have happened.
"I've done it before."
But he said the support of family and friends has helped him feel positive — as well as fellow members of the South West Wales Soaring Club
"Lots of people have been rallying around me," he said.
"There's not a lot to be done — I've just got to wait and find out how quickly I can get my body working again.
"It could be a long process."
Rhossili Coastguard rescue team, the Wales Air Ambulance and an RAF SeaKing helicopter were called out to the bay following the crash last Saturday afternoon.