A shortage of facilities and funding could end a Midland man's dream to be able to walk again following a horrific car accident a decade ago.
Stewart Fisher, who lives in Walsall, spent two years in hospitals after a speeding car mowed the 17-year-old down as he enjoyed a weekend in Blackpool with friends in August 1995.
After spending a critical eight weeks on a life support machine at Preston Hospital, he was transferred to a stroke unit at Goscote Hospital, in Walsall, to recover.
When he wasw as discharged in August 1997, Stewart and his parents began a long, uphill struggle in order to get vital treatment to aid his rehabilitation.
But earlier this year, a chance meeting with an Israeli therapist led them to the Alyn Hospital in Jerusalem, Israel, where actor Christopher Reed had undergone similar treatment before he died in October 2004.
His father, Barry Fisher, said: "It has been a battle royal to get access to things like his walking frame let alone the kind of rehabilitation he needs.
"Unfortunately Stewart's situation is not unique, he's not the only person to need help and specialist treatment, but the facilities just aren't available. We hadn't heard about neurophysiotherapy before, but when this therapist told us about Alyn Hospital we knew we had to give it a go."
Last August 2005, Stewart began an intensive four- week programme of hydrotherapy, physiotherapy and occupational therapy which led the 27-year-old to make noticeable progress.
He said: "They are so much more advanced in Israel, you can get onetoone care, but it seems here in Britain we just can't do that, why?
"I used to be right handed but since the accident it feels like I've had a stroke, so my left hand has had to become stronger instead.
"But in Israel I managed to start writing using my right hand again, which was something I couldn't do before. That was a real lift."
But Mr Fisher admitted that the £2,000 trip - funded by his son's u n d i s c l o s e d compensation award - was not a practical option long term.
Next week he will meet bosses at Walsall Teaching Primary Care Trust, to see what - if any - funding is available for treatment that could help Stewart realise his dream to walk again.
He said: "We'd go back to Alyn again but that's not the point, we shouldn't have to go abroad to get it in the first place."
Stewart, who is currently taking a media studies course at Walsall Technical College, is clearly frustrated that while his friends are developing their careers and starting families, he is in limbo.
He said: "I am so frustrated by all this because my body feels old when I should be doing everything my mates are doing.
"I only pray that I can get up and walk again - that's all I want. I just want to be able to stand up and walk on my own."