MIRACLE man Colin Carter was told he would never walk again —but through pure grit and determination, he is now back on his own two feet.

Mr Carter underwent a heart valve replacement, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and most recently discovered he has bladder cancer, but has remained to determined to keep going.

He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s 18 months ago, when doctors told him he would lose his ability to walk.

Mr Carter’s life has dramatically changed since his diagnosis, which meant he had to give up driving, sell his Prestwich home and stop working.

But despite the numerous setbacks and with the support of his best friend, Peter Ingram, the 67-year-old is taking steps to regain some of his independence and has taught himself to walk again.

Mr Ingram, aged 68, from Whitefield, said: “You wouldn’t believe it if you had seen him just a month ago — he couldn’t walk and was wheelchair-bound.

“Without any physio, he has taught himself to stand and walk again. It’s amazing — he’s a true fighter and an inspiration to others who may be living with Parkinson’s.”

Eight years ago Mr Carter underwent a heart valve replacement but carried on running his own business as a handyman.

In the past two months, he has undergone two operations to remove cancer cells from his bowels.

Mr Carter, a resident at Oak Lodge Nursing Home in Prestwich, said: “Once I had the heart valve replacement I went back to work and everything was fine.

“It was only 18 months ago that I started dropping things without even thinking about it.

“I was walking home from the shops one day and dropped a bag. I looked down and thought how did that happen?

“That’s when I found out I had Parkinson’s and I was moved into a bungalow in Prestwich, where I started getting help from carers.

“I ended up in hospital three times while I was living there and each time I was released, I remained determined to stay at home.

“I had carers come in three times a day but it wasn’t enough and I moved into a nursing home.

“On top of that I started fainting and went in for tests which revealed I had cancer of the bladder.

“I’ve undergone two operations to remove the cancer cells and have since slowly taught myself to walk again.

“If it wasn’t for Pete I wouldn’t be where I am now – he’s been a stalwart friend of mine for 30 years.

“I never thought I would get this far and my aim now is to make it to the local pub on my own to enjoy a pint.”

Mr Ingram, who used to regularly play pool, enjoy holidays and fish with Mr Carter, visits him up to four times a week.

The retired bus-driver added: “We’ve spent 30 years playing doubles at pool competitions against other teams across Manchester, but obviously we can’t play together anymore.

“I’m hoping that Colin will keep improving so we can go fishing together again.

“He’s been faced with a lot and he’s improved so much over the last few months.

“I try to come and visit him three or four times a week and take him out. He’s a true inspiration.”