A north-east football coach injured in a bus crash in Malta has been reunited with his beloved pet dog as he recovers in hospital.
Simon Morrison, 42, was on board an open-top double decker with other family members when it struck a tree, killing two fellow tourists.
The Middlefield Wasps SC coach was flown home to continue his recovery at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary (ARI) at the end of April after the accident earlier that month.
Nurses asked Simon’s family if he would enjoy a visit from his pet pooch, Archie, as a way of reminding him of home.
Mum Ellen, 60, said the visit went well and brought a smile to her son’s face.
She said: “Simon is still recovering and speaking a little but seeing Archie cheered him up. The dog could sense Simon was ill and barked when he came in.
“Simon sometimes thinks he is still at home and often calls for Archie.”
Ellen praised the NHS staff for making the visit possible and has already made plans for further trips with Archie.
She added: “The staff are absolutely brilliant there.
“It’s been hard because Simon has been refusing to eat and he’s lost a lot of weight – we reckon around four stone – so I keep trying to help him eat.
“He gets angry when I try to feed him due to the medication, but I’ve got to be tough with him.”
An NHS Grampian spokeswoman said: “We strive to offer person centred care across all of our wards and clinics, asking our patients the question ‘what matters to you?’.
“Meeting patients’ needs in this way ensures they are in a more positive frame of mind and therefore more likely to make better progress on the road to recovery.”
The family had been exploring Malta on April 9, the first day of their Easter holiday.
A Spanish woman and a Belgian man were killed in the incident.