Thursday 30 March 2017

EastEnders' star Adam Woodyatt reveals his son was hit by a car and put into an induced coma

Adam Woodyatt and his son Sam. Picture: Adam Woodyatt/JustGiving
Adam Woodyatt and his son Sam. Picture: Adam Woodyatt/JustGiving
Phil Mitchell, played by Steve McFadden (left), and Ian Beale, played by Adam Woodyatt.
Amy Mulvaney

Amy Mulvaney

EastEnders' actor Adam Woodyatt has revealed that his son was hit by a car and put into an induced coma two months ago.

Adam, who plays Ian Beale in the series, revealed the news on Saturday.

Sam (18) was crossing the road on the 29th of September and was hit by a car before being put in an induced coma.

"The London Air Ambulance responded, treated him at roadside, put him into an induced coma and took him to the Royal London Hospital," said Adam.

Phil Mitchell, played by Steve McFadden (left), and Ian Beale, played by Adam Woodyatt.
Phil Mitchell, played by Steve McFadden (left), and Ian Beale, played by Adam Woodyatt.

"I'm not going to go into all the details, that's Sam's business but the operation to put him back together took five hours. Up until last Monday he was in a wheelchair, on Tuesday he started on crutches, yesterday, Friday 18th November, he was walking up a staircase unaided."

Adam shared the news on his JustGiving page, where he is raising funds for the 2017 London Marathon that he and Sam hope to complete in aid of the Air Ambulance Service.

He said that he will walk the marathon, while Sam will run it as "a kind of tortoise and the hare to show the difference in transfer times between an ambulance and an air ambulance."

"His recovery has been amazing and we are going to continue with the original plan."

Despite the accident, Adam said the plan remains the same: "In case you are wondering, I'm the tortoise, he's still going to be the hare."

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