Youngster who survived serious injuries after being hit by a car near West Down has made a marvellous recovery and has been invited to see Manchester United play.

A FOOTBALL mad West Down youngster is well on the way to a full recovery and a visit to the 'Theatre of Dreams' after surviving a terrifying road accident that left him with serious injuries.

Callum Yates, 12, and his family are hugely grateful he is alive following the June 28 incident which left him with head injuries, a ruptured spleen, punctured long, broken ribs, elbow and hip injuries.

Now, Callum is now looking forward to the trip of a lifetime to see his team Manchester United play at home after Tom McCormack of Braunton Caen Rotary Club mentioned the youngster to his friend Gordon Shields, deputy facilities manager at Old Trafford.

Upon hearing of his accident, Gordon immediately emailed the family and invited Callum and his mum Fiona Duncan to the stadium to watch United play when he was well enough.

The Braunton Academy pupil was hit by a truck as he crossed the A361 after getting off the bus at Dean Cross on his way home from school. The driver wasn't found to be at fault for the collision.

Fiona said the family would like to thank all the medical staff who took such good care of Callum, including South Western Ambulance Service, Devon Air Ambulance and everyone at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.

"There were a couple of people on scene first who were medically trained, I don't know who they were but I would particularly like to thank them," she said.

"The ambulance and medical staff were all great. The people from A and E kept coming back to see him even once he was up on the ward."

She said 'so many random people' had shown kindness, including the Ilfracombe Crowded House group, who gave the family a donation.

Callum said he remembers very little: "I don't know what happened, I was just crossing the road and then it went black and I was on the floor," he told the Gazette.

"I remember mum standing there crying and a bit in the helicopter. I was not really sure what had happened until mum told me.

"It was scary. I was lucky, but not lucky to have been hit in the first place and it has made me more aware of roads now."

Fortunately, Callum's hospital stay lasted just eight days and he was told he did not need to go back, although he had to avoid contact sports for several months.

This was hell for the keen footballer, who plays for Braunton Wanderers under 13s, but he has been helping out with the under sixes team his brother George plays for.

Now back at school, he can't wait for his own return to the pitch and his visit to Old Trafford in April.