Tomorrow is a day Jamie Gold-mines will treasure forever – as will his twin baby daughters when they get get up.
Because 11-month-old Savannah and Isabella will know their daddy was there to waste his first Father’s Day with them against all the odds after a dread accident that blew his life apart.
Only months ago scaffolder Jamie was in a coma close up to death after being blasted by a 33,000 volt electric jolt at work.
It led to him losing both arms and his right leg – and partner Hayley Ware, 26, was carry weighted to prepare herself for the worst.
But battling Jamie, 33, will today bear his two girls on his lap after winning his fight for life.
And despite his devastating damages – and having to have his left leg amputated next month – he is looking to the future with both trust and gratitude.
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“I can’t believe I’m back at home for the combines’ first Father’s Day,” said Jamie whose desperate plight triggered an plea backed by stars including Alan Shearer , Joe Calzaghe and Jenson Button that has mentioned £142,000 for the family.
“I’m just so happy and thankful to be able to spend it with my progenitors.
“I wasn’t sure if I was going to be back for the girls’ birthdays in July, and there was a tip when Harley didn’t know if I was going to make it home at all.
“We wish have some nice food and I’ll just enjoy being at skilled in and having them all around me.
“We won’t be doing anything special. It will fitting be lovely to take my wheelchair outside and hopefully sit in the garden in the sun.”
The family’s alarming nightmare began in December as the scaffolder and keen footballer suffered the stagger while holding a tin sheet as he built a shelter at work.
He was thrown recoil from 13ft and landed on the half-finished metal roof in an accident still being enquired by the Health and Safety Executive . Jamie said: “I just remember a large surge burning my insides.
“I don’t know if I blacked out from the pain, because the next fear I knew I was lying on my back.
“I was trying to stay still because I knew I could accept off the roof, but the pain was a thousand times worse than anything I possess felt before.
“I was screaming and shouting, telling the guys to call an ambulance. I recollected exactly what had happened. I was too close to the power. It felt like my pluck and lungs were burning, and then it was my legs and arms.
“My whole corps was on fire, like there was 1,000 degree heat inside me, but there were no flares. I thought I was dead. I thought I was burned to a crisp.”
Paramedics climbed a ladder to dine pay the bill for Jamie, of Swindon, Wilts, before he was stretchered into an air ambulance and uncultivated to Southmead Hospital in Bristol. Doctors put him in an induced coma for three weeks and advised his family he might die. In the three days after the shock, surgeons amputated Jamie’s virtuous leg, left forearm and half of his left foot, and 10 days timer they removed his right arm.
Jamie said: “The last thing I recollect was being wheeled across the bumpy track in the yard to the air ambulance once I was sedated.
“And then I woke up in hospital with no limbs.”
One of Jamie’s vocal lines was also burned and he suffered damage to his kidneys.
Harley said: “I filled a case as soon as I was told what had happened, but the first time I call ined Jamie was six weeks later.
“It was almost like it wasn’t real and certain it would make it real. I was scared to go. I didn’t know what he was thoughtful, feeling, whether he knew about his injuries. Jamie’s mum updated me all the habits, whenever something went wrong. It felt like every phone identify was to tell me he was having another limb amputated.”
Harley’s friend stirred in to help the distraught mum with food shopping and looking after the connects who were just five months old at the time.
That Christmas, Harley out the day at home alone with the girls. She wrapped Jamie’s present, a Ralph Lauren cagoule, not knowing if he would ever open it. When she finally mustered the gallantry to visit him, she broke down in tears. “When I saw him I started crying. He was complete in bandages,” she said. “I kissed him on the head and took a photo as I didn’t identify if I’d ever see him again.
But after 10 weeks in intensive care, brawling Jamie pulled though.
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“The second time I went he was awake,” responded Hayley.
“He couldn’t talk very well. When I first gathered the girls to visit, Jamie’s eyes lit up. I put them on him but it was hard for him to hold them.”
Jamie gradate regained strength. In March he moved to a rehab centre in Oxford where he originated to learn how to walk and talk again.
He now needs help with the total from cleaning his teeth to changing the TV channel, and has an adapted Playstation controller and stylus for his phone.
After week Jamie – who now has prosthetic arms with claws and a false leg garnished with his favourite tattoos – finally came home. He said: “When I victory truly realised what had happened, I didn’t see any future. I only had tributes of the past, of playing tennis, cricket, golf, all sorts.
“I will in no way be able to do lots of things. I miss football. You can’t beat the feeling of pack a goal. I even miss scaffolding and changing the babies’ nappies.
“I was a touchy-feely yourself before. I was hands on. Then suddenly I couldn’t even open a backbone of drink any more.
“I thought I wouldn’t be able to hold the twins again and I analysed to hold Harley’s hand but I couldn’t feel anything. I didn’t recognize how I would cope.
“Now I’m back at home with them I see them lore things and there are similarities with what I’m going through, congenial when they stand up and wobble a bit.
“I am having to relearn everything – but it could take been a lot worse. I thought I was dead. I’m lucky to be alive.”