Young manager 'lucky to be alive'


Staff reporter (Border Counties)

A YOUNG football manager is “lucky to be alive” after he was involved in a serious car accident last week.

Matt Owen, from Rhosygadfa, near Gobowen, suffered a fractured skull, fractured eye socket, severe lacerations to his head and a broken hand following the two-car incident on the A483 just outside Welshpool on Wednesday, July 16 as he made his way home from work.

His car left the road and crashed through a fence before coming to a rest.
The 24-year-old Weston Rhyn FC manager and former Trefonen FC player was rushed to the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital before being transferred to the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford for surgery.
But his family say despite the seriousness of his head injuries, he was expected to go home yesterday (Monday).
His father Tim told the Advertizer his surgery on Friday had been a success, adding: “It is just a case of him resting and he is trying to come to terms with what has happened to him and the emotional side of things which is difficult.
“He has been very lucky. It is a miracle he didn’t have more extensive injuries to the rest of his body, the majority are to his face and head.”
Mr Owen said the numerous messages of support from family and friends had helped them and Matt get through the last few days.
He added: “We have been overwhelmed by the messages of support that have come in, some of the comments on Matt’s Facebook have been really touching and we have been amazed, it has really means a lot and gets you through the dark days.”
West Mercia Police confirmed the incident happened at around 7.15pm on Wednesday, July 16 but an appeal for witnesses has not been issued.

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