AN INSPIRATIONAL teenager who is lucky to be alive after an E-coli infection has put his imagination to good use writing a series of thriller stories.
Sam Povah, 17, of Rhuddlan, contracted the bacteria after a 10 hour operation to have metal rods implanted in his back to help him combat his muscular dystrophy.
The Denbigh High School pupil spent six weeks in intensive care at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and missed six months of school after the operation in August 2011.
Sam’s book of seven stories, T for Terrorism, has been published with the help of the Dreams Come True charity and any money raised will go towards publishing his second book.
“It was hard after the operation,” said Sam who is confined to an electronic wheelchair because of his condition.
“But I’m pleased I am better now. The writing helped me on my road to recovery, it gave me something to focus on and occupy my mind.”
Sam uses special recording machine to dictate his work and lives with step-dad Tim, 52, mum Sue, 45, sister Lucy, 16 and with brother Jake, 20, who is studying at Bangor University.
Proud mum Sue said her son had shown a flare for writing while at Ysgol Esgob Morgan Primary School in St Asaph.
She said: “We are very proud of him.
“He is lucky to be alive after what happened to him. He was in intensive care for six weeks and in hospital for three months in total.
“He is very brave. He is a real inspiration to other people and it shows what you can do when you put your mind to it. His writing is getting better all the time.
“We are also very proud of the support we have had.
“We want to thank Dreams Come True for what they have done.”
Sam, who says James Patterson and David Baldacci are his favourite authors, dedicated the book to his father Adrian who died from cancer in 2000 aged just 33.
Keen cinemagoer Sam, who is studying History and Government and Politics at A level, said: “All my ideas come from my imagination, I am constantly thinking of the next story or plot.
“I would class the stories as thrillers, they are more exciting than crime books, they are fast paced.
Copies of T for Terrorism are available from Sue Povah on 01745 590970.