A talented young tennis player from Market Harborough is seriously ill in hospital in the United States after a car accident.
Ben Mullis (23) was struck by a car while crossing a road in Salt Lake City.
He suffered a fractured skull, a blood clot on his brain and a fractured leg in the accident. He has had surgery to evacuate a bleed on his brain. He was in intensive care for 12 days. He is now in a Neuro Critical Care Unit.
His parents George and Angela Mullis and his sister Harriet, also from Market Harborough, have flown to Salt Lake City to be with him.
Ben won a tennis scholarship to Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, in the United States in 2011. He graduated in 2015, after captaining the men’s tennis team to their highest ever ranking.
He has spent the last year employed as an assistant coach at Utah State University.
His mum Angela told the Mail: “Ben had just been to a concert featuring (English music duo) Disclosure with some of his friends from Market Harborough, who had gone out to the US to spend some time with him.”
She added: “He is now out of intensive care and has started his recovery which will involve rehabilitation over a period of months.”
Ben is a former pupil of St Joseph’s Primary school, Church Langton Primary School and Kibworth High School. He then went to Lancaster Boys in Leicester for the local tennis facilities.
A ‘Give Forward’ page established by US friends aims to raise $20,000 to cover health care and family expenses.
The page is: https://pages.giveforward.com/emergency/page-cgyn3l6/
Iowa newspaper The Des Moines Register quoted fellow Drake University tennis player Alen Salibasic as saying: “I think Ben’s got a tough recovery ahead of him. The more support, prayers and well-wishes he can get, the easier this battle will be.”