A 16-year-old who was left paralysed after a horrific dirtbike crash has vowed to walk again despite his injuries.
Noah Cosby is fundraising for private physiotherapy after breaking his back in two places following a 40ft fall from a ramp on his grandparent’s farm in Hertfordshire in March.
The brave teen underwent a six-hour emergency spinal surgery, with doctors later revealing that he was paralysed from the chest down, and is currently receiving three hours of physiotherapy a week.
Appearing on This Morning today, Noah’s dad Ben, 45, says that the family ‘won’t stop’ until his son is walking again’ – revealing that even after the terrifying crash, Noah told his dad that he was determined to ‘fix himself’.
‘As soon as I was falling I was like “Okay I’ve overshot this”, and as soon as I hit the ground it felt like an electric shock from where the injury was going down my leg.’
Noah, who has a scholarship for his place at the prestigious Stowe School in Buckinghamshire, recalled overshooting a landing while practising with pals at the farm.
‘It was the day I was supposed to be going back to boarding school after lockdown. The weather was amazing and I wanted to take the chance to ride,’ he said. ‘I overshot the jump landed way too deep and the impact came through me and just broke my back.’
Noah didn’t lose consciousness throughout the entire agonising ordeal, but Ben said his son remained positive and was determined to walk again from the outset.
The brave teen, pictured riding his dirtbike, underwent a six-hour emergency spinal surgery with doctors later revealing that he was paralysed from the chest down
Noah Cosby, pictured with dad Ben, is fundraising for private physiotherapy after breaking his back in two places following a 40ft fall from a ramp on his grandparent’s farm in Hertfordshire in March
‘His first words to me were “Dad I’m okay, I just need time to heal myself, I’ll be okay”. That was our first thing to hang on to in what has turned out to be a terrible couple of months.’
Noah said the crash was ‘pretty scary’ but ‘knew he would be okay’, and the teen needed intensive surgery using two titanium rods and nine screws to stabilise his T6 and T7 vertebrae.
Ben said his son had ‘essentially stretched his spinal chord’, explaining that when your spine goes into spinal shock it gets ‘really angry and shuts down your internal organs’.
He said Noah’s vital organs ‘went to sleep’ and that getting his son’s body working again was a ‘massive challenge’ which took place ‘slowly but surely’ over the course of a few weeks.
He said: ‘This is when I was first introduced to a wheelchair, an everyday one and that’s been a massive experience, starting physio, how much I’ve got to work with.’
Noah told Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield the crash was ‘pretty scary’ but ‘knew he would be okay’, and the teen needed intensive surgery using two titanium rods and nine screws
Noah is currently at Stoke Mandeville where he receives three hours of physio a week, but the teen says he needs around five hours a day to make progress with walking
Noah is currently at Stoke Mandeville where he receives three hours of physio a week, but the teen says he needs around five hours a day to make substantial progress with walking.
‘The physio we have here, we absolutely adore,’ said Ben. ‘The three hours she gives us, it just transforms Noah’s day.’
He said that Noah is slowly but surely making some progress, and was able to move his toe during a session: ‘Things like that make me break down in tears. It’s been such an emotional rollercoaster, he needs pushing, he wants to be pushed.’
‘When we get discharged from Stoke Mandeville – Noah seems to be racing through the course – we want to hit the ground running.
‘If there’s a fantastic facility in New York, then we’ll send him there, if there’s a place in Leeds or Hull then we’re going up there. We’re not going to stop until Noah is walking again’.
You can donate to Noah’s campaign here.