Survivor gets new lease of life thanks to scooter firm

The Mobility Stores' Katie Mackinnon, Denis Owen with Jazmin Unsworth and James Unsworth and his new scooter    Photo: Nils Bratby/Immortaleye Photography

The Mobility Stores' Katie Mackinnon, Denis Owen with Jazmin Unsworth and James Unsworth and his new scooter Photo: Nils Bratby/Immortaleye Photography

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A 24-year-old who survived a near fatal stroke and spent three weeks in a coma has been donated a mobility scooter to aid his rehabilitation.

James Unsworth of Quarrendon, slipped into a coma in October after suffering an allergic reaction to back medication in his sleep.

It transpired he had suffered something similar to a stroke leading to him being partially confined to a wheelchair.

Moved by his story in the Bucks Herald about how he went on to wed his school sweetheart, Denis Fowler and his daughter Katie Mackinnon, of The Mobility Store in Rabans Lane, decided to help out.

Mr Fowler said: “James is unusual for us in what’s happened to him. When I was his age I was playing football.

“You don’t see this sort of thing happen to someone like him very often.”

Mrs Mackinnon added: “We saw the story and thought, ‘We have got to do something’.

“I was very choked up. It’s not often you can actually do something to help. He has got a little lad as well who is a similar age as mine and that really struck home.”

Mr Unsworth recently married his girlfriend of 11 years, Jazmin, 28, and the newlyweds said the scooter has come as a big relief.

Mrs Unsworth said: “The generosity has been amazing. It’s made James feel a lot happier. I won’t have to push him around anymore either. It’s given him a whole new lease of life.”

Mr Unsworth added: “It’s easier for me now. I can go to the shops on my own with the scooter. I feel tremendous.”

Mr Unsworth is never expected to be able to walk again and Jazmin is now his full-time carer.