BRAVE BIKER STUNTMAN KIDD
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.
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.