Ben with Nottingham Forest players Moussa Niakhate, Orel Mangala and Ibrahim Sangare

A teenager from Cumbria was granted a VIP experience with Nottingham Forest after a miracle recovery from an accident.

Ben Ellis, 18, from Penrith, was hit by a lorry on June 14, and underwent emergency brain surgery at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.

Despite doctors fearing the worst, the football obsessed teenager has gone on to make a full recovery, and was since given the opportunity of a lifetime at his beloved Nottingham Forest.

Ben with his brother James at the City Ground (Credit: Paul Ellis)

His parents surprised him with VIP tickets for Forest’s home game against Aston Villa on Sunday, November 5, allowing him to meet manager Steve Cooper and many of the club’s players.

“The whole thing was just the biggest shock”
Ben Ellis

Ben at the City Ground (Credit: Paul Ellis)

“I was wondering why we got there so early, the whole thing was just the biggest shock,” said Ben.

“The whole experience was just absolutely incredible.”

Forest went on to win the game 2-0, with Ben and his family given some of the best seats in the City Ground.

Following the match they were even given a chance to chat to boss Steve Cooper, which his father Paul Ellis, who is originally from Nottingham, described as “just surreal.”

Ben with Forest manager Steve Cooper (Credit: Paul Ellis)

“The lad deserved it all after all he went through, perfect way to celebrate both his recovery and birthday,” he said.

“I enjoyed it almost as much as him!” he added.

It is five months since the accident and Ben is now back in light training for his football club Penrith AFC, and hopes to be back in full fitness by the new year.