Taken from the Daily Mail
A father is being kept alive on a life support machine after a freak accident on a theme park ride left him paralysed.
Robert Sycamore, 58, broke his neck while riding on the Grand National at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.
Mr Sycamore had taken his great-nephew on his first ride of the day when Harry Parlour, 13, came back screaming.
Mr Sycamore was found in the bottom of the carriage with his neck broken.
Darren Parlour, Mr Sycamore's nephew, said: 'My son was with him and he's come back screaming.
'Rob's a big bloke and he was down in the footwell of the carriage.
'His ear was on his shoulder and he was totally blue and black.
'His neck snapped - the muscles collapsed and he's just melted into the seat.
'I climbed in with Rob and was holding his head so it didn't move.
'The emergency services were unbelievable - how he stayed alive, I dont know.'
The JCB driver is currently on a life support machine to keep his heart and lungs functioning and doctors have told the family he will not be able to use his body.
Mr Parlour added: 'The surgeon said they can only take things minute by minute but any use of his body is a definite no. The main concern now is keeping his heart and lungs going. We dont know how it happened or why it happened. We don't blame anyone, we are just shocked. We don't know if he hit his head - only time will tell.'
Mr Parlour lives in Ipswich with his wife Sylvia and the family are now having to face a 700 mile round trip to visit him at the Royal Preston Hospital.
A fire damaged three rides, including the Grand National (centre), in May 2004 and the ride opened that October
A spokesman for North West Ambulance Service said: 'We got a call at 12.40pm on Friday to a male patient in his 50s at Blackpool Pleasure Beach with potential neck injuries.'
A Lancashire Fire and Rescue spokesman confirmed crews had been sent to assist paramedics.
The Grand National wooden rollercoaster was first designed in 1935 and remains one of just three rides of its kind left in the world.
It is a twin track ride which sees two trains 'compete' with each other on parallel 6,600ft tracks at speeds of up to 50mph.
The ride is 62ft high and rides last just under two-and-a-half minutes. It is themed around the Grand National, with riders racing through Beecher's Brook and ending at the Winner's Post.
In May 2004 it was badly damaged by a fire along with two other rides at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. It was repaired and returned back to service in October that year.