A SOLIHULL teenage motorcycle racer is on the long road to recovery after waking from a medically induced coma following a horrific crash in his latest KTM British Junior Cup round.
Caleb Smith suffered the fall during a sighting lap at Norfolk’s Snetterton circuit on Sunday (July 10), which left the teenager suffering from a serious head injury.
The 13-year-old was rushed Addenbrookes Hospital by air ambulance – though responded well overnight and is now off ventilation and has said a few words.
No surgical intervention was deemed necessary and the Langley School pupil was transferred to a ward on Monday (July 11).
Caleb will remain under observation and will be transferred to a hospital closer to home when appropriate.
Father Simon Smith posted on social media to update fans of Caleb on his situation, stating his crash helmet almost certainly saved his life.
He added: “Caleb appears to be making progress, he is off the ventilator and has said a few words.
“Thanks to everyone for their kind words and offers of help and support.
“Thanks to the marshalls, medics, support staff, air medics, aircrew, the amazing NHS and LS2 helmets.”
Fellow teenage racer Adam Phipps, from Bridgenorth was also involved in the crash – though thankfully escaped uninjured.
Meanwhile Caleb’s fans have also offered words of support to the popular teenager.
Racing fan Iain Smith said: “Glad to hear Caleb is doing well, we witnessed the accident happen and have been worried since – hope your back on your feet soon Caleb Smith.”
Neil Perriment added: “So good to hear Calum is recovering – hope you’re back on track doing what you love soon, get well fast.”
Jo Reynolds said: “Great news, wishing him a speedy recovery and hope to see him back on track soon.”
Caleb’s family are also hoping that fans can help surround the teenage racer with pictures of special moments from his career on track.
Simon has asked fans to print out their favourite photos of Caleb racing, on the podium, in the paddock or spraying champagne.
Pictures and messages should be sent to Caleb Smith, c/o Ward D2, Addenbrookes Hospital, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 0QQ.