BRAVE BIKER STUNT­MAN KIDD

The People - - NEWS FEATURES - By Nicola Small

STUNT leg­end Ed­die Kidd de­voted so much of his life to oth­ers he was hon­oured by the Queen for his char­ity work.

Now brain-dam­aged and in a wheel­chair, it is Ed­die who needs help.

The mo­tor­cy­cle dare­devil’s glam­orous life of film work and deathde­fy­ing leaps came to an abrupt halt with a hor­ror crash 22 years ago.

Ed­die, now 59, had to learn to talk again af­ter the disas­ter.

In 2011 he achieved a re­mark­able feat, walk­ing the Lon­don Marathon in 50 days us­ing a spe­cial walk­ing frame to raise £75,000 for the char­ity Chil­dren with Leukaemia.

But af­ter years of reclu­sive liv­ing his speech is fail­ing. And he needs a de­vice like the one used by the late physics ge­nius Stephen Hawk­ing.

His close friend Bil­lie Mobayed said Ed­die’s speech is more like a grunt or a growl now.

She said: “Be­ing able to com­mu­ni­cate again would trans­form his life.

“He makes fun of him­self. He says he sounds like a mo­tor­bike when he’s talk­ing.”

Friends and fam­ily are busy try­ing to raise £30,000 to­wards Ed­die’s care in­clud­ing £10,000 for the life-chang­ing voice machine.

Hero

Af­ter de­vot­ing much of his life to char­ity work, they say it is now OBE hero Ed­die’s turn to re­ceive help.

Bil­lie said: “Ed­die has made a dif­fer­ence to so many peo­ple’s lives over the years.

“To so many peo­ple he was a leg­end, a true hero.

“He re­ally was some­one that young guys looked up to and some­one who has de­voted so much of his life to char­ity. Well, now it is Ed­die who is in need.”

The for­mer stunt ace, who has dou­bled for the likes of Michael Caine, Har­ri­son Ford and Bond stars Tim­o­thy Dal­ton and Pierce Bros­nan, is still men­tally as­tute.

But his words come out as grunts and mum­bles that can be un­der­stood only by those clos­est to him.

Al­ready de­pen­dent on his roundthe-clock car­ers to wash, feed and dress him, Ed­die is des­per­ate not to have to rely on them to be his trans­la­tor too.

Bil­lie, 52, said Ed­die be­came se­verely de­pressed af­ter his split from ex-wife Saman­tha Kirli. She said: “He just crawled into a hole and dis­ap­peared.

“He be­came de­pressed and just didn’t want to live any more.”

Ed­die would spend all day in front of the TV.

But 18 months ago Bil­lie and other friends stepped in to pay for Ed­die to see Bel­gian phys­io­ther­a­pist Jacques Caluwe – whose bio en­ergy stim­u­la­tion meth­ods have had a big im­pact.

He has also been given a machine to use at home which has been de­vel­oped by Jacques and works by us­ing a low cur­rent to re­ac­ti­vate dam­aged cells.

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