Friday 23 August 2019

Young dad (32) in critical condition after fall from roof weeks before his wife is due to give birth

Martyn Lewis with his partner Pauline McCaw
Martyn Lewis with his partner Pauline McCaw

Angela Rainey

Prayers are being said for a young father who is in a critical condition in intensive care after falling 22ft off a roof.

Joiner Martyn Lewis (32), from Woodvale in north Belfast, sustained serious injuries and is fighting for his life in the Royal Victoria Hospital.

He had been working on a roof on Saturday with his father, Jim, when the "freak accident" happened.

The exact details of the incident have not yet been disclosed but he is understood to have suffered a broken back, and chest and head injuries.

Mr Lewis and his partner Pauline McCaw are parents to six-year-old daughter Brook and are expecting their second child in nine weeks' time.

Described as popular and hard-working, Mr Lewis is in a coma but remains in a "comfortable position".

Speaking on behalf of the family, Robert McKee thanked well-wishers for their support. "Martyn is a really nice guy - he'd do anything to help anyone, he'd go out of his way for you," he said.

"He's a real hard worker and he's devoted to his family - he just loves them.

"Brook is his wee princess and he just loves Pauline, he works every minute sent to him to provide for them.

"It's awful what's happened but on behalf of the family I know they would want me to thank the community for everything that they have done and are doing to help.

"The community has rallied around and they really appreciate the support and people standing by them."

Pastor Jonathan Clarke from the Welcome Evangelical Church posted a request on his Facebook page on Monday night asking for people around the world to pray for Mr Lewis's recovery, and has been pleased by the response. "Martyn is comfortable at the minute - there is no real change," added Pastor Clarke.

"The family want to make it clear that they really appreciate everyone who has contacted them and those who are also praying and thinking of them.

"Over the last 24 hours they have certainly valued the power of prayer, as you can appreciate it is a very stressful time for them."

Belfast Telegraph

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