Paralyzed Ballet Dancer Jack Widdowson Returns to Stage

on Jul 04, 2012 06:21 PM EDT

A teenage ballet dancer who was left paralyzed by an attack is back on stage after a miraculous recovery.

Jack Widdowson, 19, was told he might never walk again after suffering serious spinal injuries. However, he defied medical expectations and is ready to return to the stage on Friday, just eight months after the assault.

“I went on a night out with my brothers and the next thing I remember is waking up in a hospital bed,” Widdowson said. “I was completely paralyzed from the neck down. It was pretty scary.”

“I absolutely can’t wait for the performance. Being back on the stage is obviously what I want to do,” he added.

Widdowson, "one of the most promising dancers of his generation" according to a BBC video, joined the Bern: Ballett in Switzerland last August after attending the London Contemporary Dance School.

The British dancer had been visiting his brother at Cardiff University when he was attacked last November.

His performance on Friday is a fundraiser for "Dance Again," a charity Jack and his family set up to help talented dancers return to the stage after career-threatening injuries.

South Wales Police confirmed a 26-year-old man has been charged over the attack in November.

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