An emotional mother has described the heartbreaking moment her paralysed son spoke for the first time in nearly 20 years to utter three touching words - 'I love you'.
Having defied all the odds and doctors who said Simon Ellis would never talk again, his proud and excited mother, Diane Franklin, said: 'It is very exciting, especially since it is something that we never thought would happen.'
Simon, 37, suffered horrific injuries including brain damage and two skull fractures whilst a passenger in a car that smashed into a wall in Great Wenham, near Ipswich, on June 26, 1992.
The then 18-year-old was left quadriplegic, meaning he could not use his arms and legs, and doctors told his devastated family he would never be able to speak to them again.
But after 19 years of silence Ms Franklin, 61, is overjoyed with her son's progress after he finally said those precious words.