It is 1996 and Eddie Kidd is on top of the world. The cocky little kid from North London who started out jumping oil cans on beat-up bicycles was now one of the most famous stunt performers in the world.
He had made more than 10,000 jumps, shattered world records and stunt doubled in blockbusters such as Hanover Street, The Living Daylights and Goldeneye. His success did not stop in the stunt world. He’d signed a recording contract with Decca, starred in the iconic Levi’s ‘Stand by Me’ advert and had a leading role in a feature film, Riding High. Always continuing his stunt performances, he made stunt history jumping the Great Wall of China and had never broken a bone in his body. He was invincible –invulnerable – until August 6th 1996.
Performing at the Bulldog Bash at Long Marston Airfield, Eddie suffered an accident that would change his life forever. Hitting his chin on the petrol tank of his motorbike, Eddie plunged unconscious over a 20ft embankment. He fell into a coma and awoke to find he had broken his pelvis, collarbone and six vertebrae in his neck. He suffered substantial brain damage and was told by doctors that he would never walk again.
For nearly two decades, Eddie has been striving to prove those doctors wrong. Unable to walk independently, barely able to talk, Eddie’s life is a constant, exhausting struggle of physiotherapy, but on 17th April 2011 Eddie began the greatest stunt of his life – the London Marathon.
With the help of ‘Elmer’, a specially designed tricycle, and with the pioneering new Bioness system attached to his foot, Eddie set off on what was expected to be a four week ordeal. 46 days later, Eddie had raised nearly £100,000 for the Children with Leukaemia charity and the Eddie Kidd Foundation.
Never losing the steely determination that took him from oil cans to the Silver Screen, Eddie continues to defy doctors every day. With the right treatment, Eddie will show the world that he, and others like him, can recover and walk again. It’s time to batten down the hatches. The cocky little kid from North London is back.
March 2012 – Eddie Kidd has been selected to carry the Olympic flame through his home county of Sussex on July 17th. For more information please click here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-17402944