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Parents bedside vigil for stricken son

Norfolk teenager Jordan Dowen who is in a coma since before Christmas Photo: The Dowen family

The parents of a talented rugby player from Norfolk have spent Christmas at his bedside in Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

Jordan Dowen, who's 15-years-old, is in an induced coma after he was hit by a car in Hunstanton, where the family live, on the 18th of December. He was riding his bike to school on the last day of term before the Christmas holidays.

Already 6 feet tall, Jordan is a talented sportsman having played rugby for West Norfolk rugby club and Leicester Tigers Academy.

His parents, Joanne and Sherridan Dowen have been staying on site at the hospital in accommodation provided by The Sick Children's Trust. Their other four children spent Christmas at home in North Norfolk.

Norfolk teenager Jordan Dowan who has been in a coma since before Christmas Credit: ITV News Anglia

"You just can't think straight... You get carried away with the momentum of having to get through Christmas and get through each stage really. I hadn't wrapped a present, I hadn't sent a card because they were all things I was going to do when my children were in school. All the things you've got arranged in your mind just go out of the window."

– Jordan's parents

With Jordan in hospital, a friend of the family started a campaign on social media for people to show them their support with the hashtag #timetowakeup. More than 190,000 people have got involved, with well-wishes coming from all over the globe and from within the world of rugby. The former England rugby player Will Greenwood, and the Harlequins prop Joe Marler have both tweeted their support.

Jordan's parents say that it has been wonderful to know that so many people are thinking of their family. They hope that soon Jordan will wake up, and be able to enjoy reading the messages himself.

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