Adam Woodyatt proud of his son’s recovery after car hit him at 56mph as Sam takes part in cheerleading world championship

Adam Woodyatt proud his son’s recovery after car hit him at 56mph as Sam takes part in cheerleading world championship
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Adam "so proud" of Sam

EastEnders star Adam Woodyatt has said he is “so proud” of his son Sam, who’s taking part in the cheerleading world championship only 19 months after he was struck by a car.

Sam, 19, spent eight weeks in a wheelchair and had to be put in an induced coma after he was hit in September 2016 by a car travelling at 56mph in London. He suffered a head injury, a fractured vertebrae and a shattered pelvis.

But Adam, 49, spoke about his son’s remarkable recovery on Twitter and said he was proud that Sam was taking part in the Cheerleading Worlds event in Florida.

“We are all so proud of @SamJWoodyatt. 19 months ago he got hit by a car at 56mph, somehow he survived. He was put in an induced coma by @LDNairamb and spent 8 weeks in a wheelchair. His recovery never ceases to amaze us…”

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Adam has previously described his son’s recovery as “miraculous” and Sam has since managed to complete the London Marathon with his dad. The pair raised over £6,000 for the Air Ambulance that rescued Sam.

Adam is the longest serving cast member in EastEnders, having been in the show as Ian Beale since the soap started in 1985.

EastEnders continues on BBC1.

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