A football coach who was left in a coma after a horrific bus smash abroad is on the mend and giving the thumbs up to visitors.
Simon Morrison, 42, was on board the open-top double decker with family in Malta when it struck a tree, killing two tourists.
He is now out of his coma and tubes have been removed allowing him to breathe on his own.
The Middlefield Wasps SC coach was flown back to Aberdeen on Saturday.
His family, some whom were also involved in the crash, have been visiting him in hospital since returning to the Granite City.
His mum Ellen Grant, 60, said she was more optimistic after initially fearing he wouldn’t survive.
She has been visiting Simon in hospital and praised medical staff.
She said: “I was so glad to get him home to Aberdeen. Saturday was the first time I saw him and I was shocked. I was still worried then that he might not survive.
“There is still a long way to go and it will be slow, but he is speaking and he is alive.
“I’m more optimistic now than I ever was before.
“I showed him a video of his dog Archie and he just smiled.
“He is strong and he is a fighter. I’m sure he’ll be walking his dog again one day.”
His brother-in-law Michael Henderson, 44, who was also involved in the crash, today said they were delighted he was on the mend.
Michael said: “At the moment Simon can’t ask any questions and isn’t really able to talk but he is giving answers and he is even sticking his tongue out.
“He was very tired when I saw him but I’ve been told he’s been winking at some of the visitors too.
“He does have a virus at the moment that is he thought to have caught during transit to Aberdeen and that is giving him some bother.
“We have had lots of well-wishers. Even people who know me and don’t know Simon have been asking how he is.
“A lot of people from football teams all across the city have been in touch wanting to visit them. You’d think there would be a rivalry, but there isn’t and they all want to know how he is doing.
“There is still a long way to go but considering where he was.”
Simon was in an induced coma following the incident which also included his sister Suzanne Henderson, her husband Michael and children Kieran and Kelsey.
The family were exploring Malta on April 9, the first day of their Easter holiday, when the tragedy happened.
A Spanish woman and a Belgian man were killed in the incident.
Middlefield Wasps SC have thanked everyone for the messages of support and described Simon as a fighter.
A statement released by the club also thanked everyone who had donated to its JustGiving page saying they would share messages with Simon on their next visit.