Fruits of Gavin's Epic Cycle Ride Handed to Morriston Hospital
A South Wales man believed to have more screws and metal plates in his skull than any other head injury patient in Europe has said thank you to a Swansea hospital for the part it played in his remarkable recovery.
Teacher Gavin Rees sustained serious head and facial injuries following a horrific skiing accident in France in February, 2003.
His injuries included major and multiple fractures of the cranium, frontal bone, nose, orbits, ethmoid bones, mid-face and anterior skull base. He also suffered brain damage and injured his leg.
The injuries were so extensive that 130 screws and around 21 plates were used in the surgery which followed.
He underwent a 19-hour operation in Hopitaux Universitaires of Geneva, and then had months of follow-up treatments and further surgery by Adrian Sugar, Consultant Cleft and Maxillofacial Surgeon at Morriston Hospital, and his team.
But Gavin made such a remarkable recovery, that the 30-year-old, originally from Milford Haven but now living in Cardiff, cycled a grueling 1,000 miles to Geneva in August to fund-raise for Mr Sugar's unit.
He is helping to raise funds for a