AN elderly resident of a Beith nursing home who required 24-hour care has made a miraculous recovery which will see him move into his own house.

Archie Allan, 73, has been branded ‘miracle man’ by staff and fellow residents at Silverline Care’s Spiers Home after an incredible recovery which saw him regain the ability to walk and talk.

Archie was admitted to Crosshouse Hospital in January 2014 having lost control of his immune system and with serious mental health issues.

He was transferred to the Beith facility in December 2015 after doctors gave him very little hope of returning to any degree of normal life.

When Archie arrived at Spiers, he could not walk, sit, speak or feed himself, so he was PEG (Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy) fed and was cared for 24 hours a day.

But nearly three years on, Archie has amazed staff and residents by recovering so well that he’s now set to leave and move into his own home in sheltered accommodation.

Archie said: “When I arrived at Spiers, I felt my life hanging by a thread, I really didn’t think I would be alive in a year’s time – but now I’m about to move into my new home and start a brand-new chapter in my life.

“The staff and residents here have all played a huge part in my recovery. The staff have devoted their time, care and love to me from the moment I arrived.”

When asked what advice he would give to anyone in his position, Archie said: “Like me, you don’t have to conquer the full staircase, just take one step at a time.”

Alison Masoumi-Ravandi, care home manager at Spiers, said: “Our very own ‘miracle man’ has worked so hard to getto where he is now, including going through speech therapy, and his transformation has been nothing short of exceptional.

“We will be sad to see him leave, as his positivity is infectious and he’s a joy to be around.”

Archie won’t be leaving Spiers for good though – he has been the regular Father Christmas at the home for the past couple of years and will be back in December to keep up the tradition.

He said: “They can’t get rid of me that easily! I’ll be back for the Christmas celebrations and to see the wonderful staff at the home who have now become my good friends.

“I can’t thank them enough for everything they’ve done.”