A bandmate of Piccadilly Rats dancer Ray Boddington, who is currently fighting for his life after being hit by a tram, have posted an update on his condition on Facebook.
Ray was seriously injured in Manchester city centre last Wednesday evening, April 10th, after he was hit by a tram on High Street, between Market Street and Shudehill.
Posted by Pin on the Gaz Stanley and The Piccadilly Rats Facebook page, the update reads:
As of yesterday, we now hear that Ray Boddington is continuing to breathe without the aid of the life support machine at Salford Royal......which gives us all some small hope that he might yet defy the doctors and nurses and possibly hang on in there! Ray is a true fighter and stalwart - even now he is refusing to give up the fight. His son Daniel is proud of him and rightly regards him as 'the heart of Manchester'. To everybody else who respects and loves him, he is our very own 'superman' in more ways than one because of his single determined and indomitable spirit which is [right as I type these words] keeping him from giving in.
The message continues:
Let's keep hoping and praying that the flame of defiance is still flickering within ! And also give your good wishes to main man Garry as well who is also recovering from his own accident mere days before the upsetting events which happened on Wednesday evening. This pic of Ray [below] was shared in the Evening News yesterday and it's such a brilliant picture I thought it would be good to share it here as well. To whoever did these drawings, we salute you for keeping the faith and love! xx
A previous, now deleted message on the Ray Boddington Facebook page confirmed he’d been taken off life support on Sunday:
Ray has had the breathing pipe taken out he still breathing on his own his family are around his bed side at this time to be there for there dad we send all our love too him hope you all are ok well manchester will miss its heart we love you ray we will love you forever thank you for the laughs the smiles and the fun the family will keep us updated when the time has come for him thank you.
The 77-year-old was taken to hospital by paramedics, who were called to the scene immediately after the police response last Wednesday evening - and he has been in critical condition with his family around his bed ever since.
An investigation into the collision is currently underway and Greater Manchester Police are urging anyone with information to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4741 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Ray and his friends and family at this tough time. Ray has an incredible spirit and we know he will fight to the very end.