Dad cheats death after falling from the roof and breaking almost every bone in his body


A Tameside father who nearly died after falling off a roof has spoken of his ordeal.

Retired roofer Ian Locke was putting up an antenna for a friend when the nightmare unfolded on September 17 last year.

The 53-year-old man was walking along the top of the Wythenshawe property when he began to slide backwards.

He tried to turn around in a desperate attempt to save himself, but it was already too late.

The father of two plummeted 30 feet and crashed to the ground, breaking nearly every bone in his body.

The fall left him temporarily paralyzed.

Talking with him manchester Evening News, he said: “I tried to turn around but it happened so fast.

“The next minute he was at the back of his garden with his arm broken in two places.

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“When I landed on the ground, I told my partner that I couldn’t feel my legs. He was so confused that he didn’t know where he was.

“I knew I had a problem because I couldn’t move.”

A friend called 999 and was told an ambulance would take an hour and 40 minutes to arrive.

But by this point, Ian had begun to bleed profusely from his mouth.

An air ambulance was immediately dispatched to the scene and Ian was airlifted to Manchester Royal Infirmary.

As he underwent several blood transfusions, surgeons told his family to prepare for the worst.

Ian with his wife Caroline

Staff allowed Ian’s daughter, Sharelle, into the operating room to say goodbye.

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She helped clean the blood from her mouth as surgeons desperately tried to stop the bleeding.

But miraculously, Ian defied the odds and survived before slipping into a coma for eight weeks.

“The surgeon told my family that I was going to die,” Ian continued.

“My daughter was in the room, she saved my life.

“The only reason she was in the room was because I was dying.

“He kissed me goodbye and I said, ‘I’m not going anywhere. I am like a machine.

“She said I wasn’t going to die.

“When I was in a coma, I had some terrible dreams going in and out of consciousness.

Ian has defied the odds

“I kept seeing things and the things I kept seeing were playing in my mind. I myself was seeing this great dream.

“My brain was totally exhausted from the drug cocktail I was taking. I didn’t know what day it was.”

When Ian came to, he could only move the tips of his thumbs.

It was then that he learned how devastating the fall had been.

Ian had broken his arm in two places, with the bone protruding through the skin at the shoulder and wrist.

His hand was crushed and his back was broken in four places.

All of his ribs were broken and he had punctured his transplanted lung.

His pelvis had also been smashed in 30 different places.

Doctors say he could be disabled for the rest of his life.

53-year-old man may be disabled for life

During his time at Manchester Royal Infirmary, Ian contracted Covid and was transferred to Trafford General Hospital.

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He is currently awaiting release from the Covid ward so he can begin his long road to recovery.

He hopes to return home in about three weeks and see his family for the first time since the accident.

While you wait, your bungalow is being fitted with special physiotherapy equipment to help with your rehabilitation.

“It has been the most frustrating ride I have ever witnessed in my life,” Ian continued.

“I had a lung transplant and navigated through it.

“Because of Covid I have not been able to see my children. I just celebrated my birthday and Christmas and opened my presents here.

“I wouldn’t be able to get out of bed even if someone set the room on fire. It’s so painful and my bones keep locking up.

“I have defied the odds. I’m going to love every moment when it comes out.

“I’m not going to sit there sulking because I can’t go out or stand in my own living room.

“I will cherish every moment with my children, my grandchildren, my wife and my mother.”

A fundraiser has been organized to help Ian buy a power wheelchair for when he leaves the hospital.

The target is £1,000.

To donate, follow the link by clicking here.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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