Ryan Smith stands for the first time since accident

A teenager who was been in a coma for four months after suffering serious brain damage in a bicycle accident has stood up for the first time

Bicycle crash victim stands for first time

A teenager who suffered serious brain damage when his bicycle was hit by a van has stood for the first time since the accident.

Ryan Smith, who's 17 and from Chapel St Leonards in Lincolnshire, was left in a coma after deciding not to wear a helmet for fear it would ruin his hairstyle.

He's remained in hospital ever since but this weekend, with the help of medical staff he was back on his own two feet.

His dad shot this footage as he stood up:

Ryan on road to recovery

Lincolnshire teenager Ryan Smith is on his road to recovery after being in a coma for four months. He suffered severe head injuries when he was knocked off his bike while he wasn't wearing a crash helmet.

His father, Mark, has campaigned since to make helmets compulsory. Ryan has now woken from his coma, and spoken his first words. Chris Kiddey reports.

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Joy as Ryan Smith wakes from coma

Magical moment for Ryan and his father Credit: Calendar news

A teenager from Lincolnshire who has been in a coma for four months is at last beginning to show signs of recovery. Ryan Smith suffered severe head injuries when he was knocked off his bike while he wasn't wearing a crash helmet.

He is being treated in a specialist unit at Tadworth in Surrey - and he has now spoken his first words since the accident. It's a dream come true for his father Mark, who has campaigned tirelessly ever since his son's accident to make wearing cycle helmets compulsory.

Ryan before the accident Credit: family photo
Ryan was in a coma for four months Credit: Calendar news