Teenage Wales cricketer has seven hours of emergency surgery after Porthcawl … – WalesOnline

A top young cricketer had both legs badly broken when a car collided with a nightclub’s smoking shelter.

Wales and Glamorgan all-rounder Tom Dalton, 19, has had emergency surgery on both legs.

Tom was out with friends when both his legs were injured as a white Audi collided with a shelter outside the Streets nightspot in Porthcawl injuring 13 young revellers.

On Monday, the health board confirmed that all the injured people were in a stable condition. Two are being treated at Morriston Hospital in Swansea and three at the Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend.

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‘I’m on the mend’

Tom underwent seven hours of surgery on both of his legs and has had a metal rod put in one of his legs.

Tom said: “The operation went well and I’m on the mend. They’ve had to put a rod thorough my leg.

“I think it’s put a hold on my nights out for a while. I feel very, very grateful to be alive.”

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The scene in Porthcawl
The scene in Porthcawl

He was recovering yesterday at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend after the crash at the Streets nighclub in the nearby seaside resort of Porthcawl.

Dad Simon Dalton, 45, was at his bedside, and said he seemed “exhausted” from the ordeal.

Businessman Mr Dalton, of Bridgend, said: “It’s taken its toll on him, he’s exhausted after about seven hours of surgery.

“The damage is to both his legs. The doctors haven’t said how long he’s likely to be in hospital for, but the family are hopeful he’ll be able to make a full recovery.

“We’re not thinking about anything else.”

Wales and Glamorgan all-rounder Tom Dalton
Wales and Glamorgan all-rounder Tom Dalton

Tom has played for the Glamorgan seconds and for Wales in the minor counties league.

Tom tweeted a picture of himself from his hospital bed to thank emergency services, his friends and family for their support.

He said: “A massive thanks to everyone who helped me last night, and all the kind messages this morning. Feeling extremely lucky to even be alive.”

Glamorgan’s message

“We heard about the shocking incident and we’ve been in contact with Tom, who remains in good spirits, said Glamorgan’s Steve Watkin.

“Tom played for the seconds last year and was twelfth man for the first team for one game, so we know him well.”

“Everyone at Glamorgan CCC send their best wishes to Tom and the others injured for a speedy recovery.”

Health board: ‘All patients are stable’

Susan Bailey, from the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg health board, said: “All patients are stable and all injuries are non life threatening.”

Ms Bailey confirmed two people were operated on yesterday, one underwent surgery on Monday morning and another will have an operation on Monday afternoon.

After the incident, nine patients were taken to the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend.

The scene in Porthcawl
The scene in Porthcawl

They included four women, mostly teenagers aged 18 and 19, and a woman aged 43.

Three of the nine were treated and discharged, and the others remain in a serious but stable condition.

Four people were taken by ambulance to Morriston Hospital in Swansea, two 18-year-old males, a 21-year-old woman and a 38-year-old woman.

Two were seriously injured, but are in a stable condition. The other two were admitted as a precaution.

A young driver appeared in court on Monday charged with five offences.

Ryan Ford, 24, was accused of causing serious injury, dangerous driving, driving without insurance, failing to provide a specimen for analysis, drink-driving and theft.

Ford, of Porthcawl, South Wales, was remanded in custody by Bridgend magistrates to appear in Cardiff Crown Court on Novermber 9. He did not speak during the short hearing.

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