Monday, 26 May 2008

Beckham calls injured North Shields BMX rider

My respect for David Beckham just went up another notch.

By Sonia Sharma, Evening Chronicle

SUPERSTAR David Beckham is more used to people waiting for him than the other way round.

But the footballer was kept on hold for 40 minutes as he waited to wish a speedy recovery to a paralysed BMX dirt rider.

Beckham was at the extreme action sports event the X Games in Los Angeles when a short documentary was shown on the big screen about Stephen Murray’s accident.

Stephen, who grew up in North Shields, suffered serious spinal injuries while attempting a double back flip on his bike during a competition in America last year.

He was left paralysed from the neck down but has vowed to walk again.

His plight touched Beckham so much, he got Stephen’s contact details and rang him up in a hospital in Baltimore to wish him well. But the star had to wait 40 minutes to pass on his best wishes.

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