Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

He's Paralysed Me for the Rest of My Life. at the End of the Day He May Be out in Two Years

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

He's Paralysed Me for the Rest of My Life. at the End of the Day He May Be out in Two Years

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Byline: Andrew Pain

A father is battling to rebuild his life after being paralysed by a teenage thug who stabbed him in the back.

Waynne Bell, 24, suffered horrific injuries when his spinal cord was severed in the Ormesby street attack which left him hospitalised for four months.

Waynne believes his survival is due to two amazing strokes of luck.

Firstly, when his 19-year-old assailant Ian Rogers plunged the knife into his back, Waynne spun round, snapping the blade which was left in his body.

Doctors told him if it had been pulled out he would either have bled to death or have lost enough cerebral spinal fluid to leave him permanently brain damaged.

Then when they removed the blade, it was discovered it had gone within half-an-inch of his heart.

The 24-year-old has been left wheelchair bound for life and has to take around 40 tablets a day.

He admits that there have been times when he felt like giving up on life.

But his one-year-old son Alfie, to girlfriend Wendy Woodgate, makes him want to carry on.

Waynne is a keen sportsman who enjoyed running, cycling and football. He was also a black belt in karate and was looking forward to sharing his interests with Alfie.

"When he grows up I can't play football or ride bikes with him. I've wanted to give in on life but it's what you make it.

"I am still here and want to see my son grow up," he said.

Rogers received a jail sentence of just three years and nine months at Teesside Crown Court earlier this month for the horrific attack.

The court was told that the incident began on July 4 last year when Rogers, of Henry Street, Redcar, gatecrashed a gathering of friends in an Ormesby flat, one of whom was Waynne's girlfriend's brother, James Dunn.

When Rogers came in, he became aggressive, saying: "Do you know who I am? I'm not a nice person."

While there, Rogers grabbed James by the throat before putting him in a headlock and punching him.

Mr Dunn struggled free and ran to the home he shared with his sister and woke her and Waynne in the early hours of July 5. …

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