A father who learned to walk and talk again after he was crushed between a bobcat and a 30-tonne excavator three days before his wedding says his baby daughter helped spark his miraculous recovery.
Tim Smith was using the heavy machinery to clear his property near Toowoomba in Queensland on March 6, 2019, with friends in preparation for his nuptials to his fiancé Kym Smith.
When the bobcat got stuck in the mud the group tried to get it out with an excavator but the now 30-year-old builder wound up sandwiched between the machines.
He almost died while being flown to Brisbane's Princess Alexandra Hospital by rescue helicopter, where he lay coma for weeks with injuries so catastrophic that doctors told Kym, 31, he would either die or survive but in a vegetative state.
Following a gruelling two-year recovery, the couple revealed on Wednesday that they finally tied the knot surrounded by family and friends in February this year.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Tim and Kym Smith (pictured) finally got married two years after a tragic accident where Tim nearly died
Pictured: The bobcat and excavator that almost killed Tim Smith on his Queensland property
'Kym's an absolute gem - she stands by me day in, day out so it's really good to be able to call her my wife,' Tim told ABC News.
The mother-of-two recalled the harrowing moment two years ago when her brother-in-law Craig called her to say there had been an accident.
Kym was at the gym when she realised she had a missed call, and rang back because she thought he wanted to chat about electrical work in the marquee for the big day.
When she heard the words 'Tim's had a really bad accident,' her world turned upside-down.
'I cried and yelled at him on the phone and asked him how bad it was. He said, "I don't know but you're not allowed to come here". And so obviously I went,' she told the publication.
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Pictured: The rescue helicopter that saved Tim Smith's (pictured on a stretcher) life after he was sandwiched between machinery
Pictured: Tim and Kym Smith on their wedding day in February 2021 with children Hudson and Willow
Tim Smith's wife Kym would take their son Hudson (pictured together) in to see his father in hospital to help his recovery
'I just kept asking if he was going to die and Craig said "I don't know, but it's not going to be good".'