Man Cheats Death After Falling 30 Feet From Roof, Breaking Nearly Every Bone In His Body


Ian Locke, 53, a father of two, ‘defied the odds’ after plummeting 30ft and crashing to the ground, leaving him temporarily paralyzed

Retired roofer Ian Locke was putting up an antenna for a friend
Retired roofer Ian Locke was putting up an antenna for a friend

A man who fell from a roof and broke nearly every bone in his body says he has “defied the odds” by surviving the 30-foot fall.

Ian Locke, 53, a father of two, was installing an antenna for a friend in Wythenshawe, Manchester, when the incident occurred on September 17 last year.

The retired roofer was walking along the top of the property when he began to slide backwards. He tried to roll over in a desperate attempt to save himself, but it was too late, the Manchester Evening News reports.

He plummeted 30 feet and crashed to the ground, breaking almost every bone in his body and leaving him temporarily paralyzed.

Ian said: “I tried to turn around but it happened so fast.

Ian Locke with his wife Caroline



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

“When I landed on the ground, I told my partner I couldn’t feel my legs. I was so confused I didn’t know where I 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 time, Ian had started bleeding 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.

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



Staff allowed Ian’s daughter, Sharelle, into the operating room to say goodbye. She helped clean the blood from her mouth as surgeons desperately tried to stop the bleeding.

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. He told me that I was not going to die.

“When I was in a coma, I had some terrible dreams going in and out of consciousness. I kept seeing things and the things I kept seeing played in my mind. I myself was seeing this great dream.

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



“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.

His arm had been broken 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.

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

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

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