Luke Fisher from Worcestershire, in the UK, had the guardian angel tattooed on his torso just two days before breaking his neck in three places in a car crash.
Doctors feared he may never walk again. But the 18-year-old defied their predictions and made a full recovery.
Mr Fisher had the guardian angel tattooed around his chest and back, with the words “only the strong survive” underneath it just two days before the accident.
The teenager was driving his car in March 2010, when the car skidded on wet leaves and he lost control, resulting in him crashing head-first into a tree flattening the front of the vehicle.
Despite doctors’ warnings that he may never walk again, he left the ITU just four days later.
Following the accident he had to wear a neck brace for three months and then undetake an intensive course of physiotherapy. But he's now doing fine. The tattoo, which took a total of 16 hours to complete and starts on his right hip and goes up his body with one of the angel’s wings covering his chest, and the other going across his back as if embracing him.
He said: “I was meant to be joining the Army, so I had it done before I went. I also do a lot of dangerous sports, so it just seemed like a good thing to have."
Tattoo artist Nick Fletcher, who completed the tattoo, said he had no idea about the accident until about a week later, when Luke walked into the studio and told him about it.
He said: “I couldn’t believe it when Luke came in and told me about the accident.
“It was about four days later and I had no idea anything had happened.
“It was quite spooky really. His friends have now said they want the same thing done because it obviously works, but I’ve said I’ll make the design slightly different.
“It was definitely a lucky charm.”
Extracted from an original article in the Worcestshire News