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A dad sent an emotional message to his wife and son as he lay in a car wreckage and thought he was going to die.
Chef Nick Copson, 47, survived after losing both legs and suffering from multiple organ failure after the horrific accident.
In the midst of the wreckage he managed to find his phone to record a 12-second "last goodbye" message for his loving wife Nikki, 52, and their son Connor, 21.
Emergency services who scrambled to the scene near his Co Durham home were also convinced he would not make it, reports Mirror Online.
Nick suffered multiple injuries in his near-death experience.
He suffered catastrophic leg injuries, broken ribs, shattered vertebrae and had his spinal cord severed in the head on collision with a Kia Venga as he made his way to work in September 2018 in his wife's Vauxhall Astra.
The 47-year-old was taken to James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough.
Nikki was on the way to a GP appointment when she had a 'sick feeling' on hearing a radio report of the accident, and called to hear a police officer's voice answer her husband's mobile.
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Yet Nick somehow found the strength to tell his family how much he loved them in what he thought would be his 'last chance' to say goodbye.
"When the police found the phone, they informed Nikki that I had left a message for her," said Nick, who was a chef at the police training college in Crook, Co Durham.
"I knew that I might not make it and I just thought 'I cannot leave the planet without saying goodbye'. I think anyone would do that given the chance – I just had to get a message to them."
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Nick had to be placed in an induced coma as he clung onto life following the collision.
He has shown extraordinary courage as he faced paralysis from the chest down due to his spinal injuries, Sepsis and severe lung damage during 20 months in hospital, then a care facility – with Nikki constantly by his side.
"It was very emotional listening to the message" said Nick, an award winning chef who was recognised by Jamie Oliver for his work on health eating with school children. "It was quite harrowing. I thought 'wow',
"I cannot believe I did that."
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Nikki, whose entire life was turned 'upside down' in the space of one phone call on the day of the crash, added: "It was quite horrific.
"I knew it was bad when I heard a female police officer answering my husband's phone.
"I just said 'Is he dead?'. She explained he had been in a serious head on car accident and he had been airlifted to hospital and they would get someone to take me there. I knew then how serious it was."
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