Port Talbot mum and baby car crash family say community support has lifted their spirits
THE family of a mum and baby badly injured in a road crash say the overwhelming support they have received has lifted their spirits.
Both the 41-year-old mother and her two-month-old son remain in a critical but stable condition in Morriston Hospital and the University Hospital of Wales respectively.
They suffered serious injuries in a collision with a black Mercedes on Baglan Road, near its junction with Smallwood Road, on Sunday.
It's believed the mum was walking family dog Dougal at the time.
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The three-year-old black Scottish terrier ran off, triggering a search by relatives, the RSPCA and others.
Dougal was found safe and well and has been returned to his grateful family.
A close relative, who asked not to be named, said: "Getting that dog back has brought a bit of light, it has lifted everyone's spirits.
"We're all keeping focused and positive, and this has given us more strength.
"All the support we've had from the community has given us a lift.
"The whole town has been talking about the search for Dougal. The support has been brilliant. We cannot thank everyone enough."
The RSPCA's Llys Nini centre in Swansea had posted appeals for information on Dougal via Facebook and Twitter, which were in turn re-posted by more than 1,200 people.
Dougal was still wearing his collar and lead when he ran off, and family members feared he might have got his lead tangled and become trapped. As it happened, he had got tangled, by a brook behind Smallwood Road.
Fortunately a couple heard barking behind their home late at night and went to investigate.
They found Dougal, brought him home, fed and looked after him and then reunited him with his family the following day.
The relative said: "They were a very humble couple. They didn't want the reward we had offered, they were just glad to have helped.
"As a family we are very, very grateful for how brilliant they were looking after him and taking care of him."
The accident happened at around 2.35pm on Sunday. Two people in the Mercedes were taken to Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend.
Witnesses should call the Western Roads policing office on 01792 456999 (extension 88331), their local police station, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.