A hit-and-run victim left paralysed from the ribcage down has called on the public to help track down the driver who ran him over.
Bob Ireland (pictured), aged 47, beat odds of less than 100 to one to survive after being struck by a car in Erdington. A crucial operation on his spine later this year will determine whether he will ever be able to use a wheelchair.
Mr Ireland, who is being treated in a specialist Midland orthopaedic unit, told yesterday how the driver hit him, trapped him under the car, then reversed over him before finally driving over him a third time and escaping.
He said: "I just want this man brought to book and not to get away with it.
"My friends and business colleagues have put #1,000 together for any information leading to the conviction of the bloke that did this to me."
Mr Ireland was hit as he crossed the road outside his computer shop in Station Road, Erdington, on November 1 at 1.25pm.
The motorist hit him on the 'wrong' side of the road, before trapping him under the front wheels. Passers-by helped lift the car off, and bizarrely, the driver may even have helped, according to witnesses.
But according to Mr Ireland, the man then reversed the car - believed to be a Renault Megane - back over him, before driving off for a final time and speeding away through a red light on Sutton Road.
The self-taught computer engineer said: "I was just getting something from my car. I looked left and looked right - I really checked.
"Suddenly I felt myself being carried up the road. I could feel my hip was in a bit of trouble, but I could still feel everything.
"People were trying to help get the car off, but the next thing I can remember is someone shouting at the driver, 'What are you doing?'
"He then reversed and then drove back over me. It was then that I felt my back go and I felt my nose touch my knees, with my spine in half. The next thing I remember is waking up in Selly Oak Hospital three weeks later."
The driver is described as black, slim, with short hair, about 6ft and in his early 20s.
Despite the horror of the accident, Mr Ireland has refused to get depressed and has even carried on advising his Citizens Advice Bureau clients while flat on his back.
"I have no feeling from the bottom of the rib cage down," said Mr Ireland, who has suffered disabilities since his 20s.
"But there is no point whingeing and moaning about it. I have seen people in much worse situations and without the fantastic support that I have had from doctors and nurses."
Mr Ireland, who was a keen nature spotter, now faces another six months of rehabilitation and a crucial final operation to stop his spine pressing against his heart. "I
am determined to get into a wheelchair and carry on my life," said Mr Ireland, who has also suffered the tragic loss of his brother Chris and mother Esther in the last few years.
"I want to be able to go and see my 14-year-old nephew Jack play ice hockey. He has been playing fantastically and I want to be able to cheer him on."