A Hibernian fan who suffered a stroke last year has broken months of silence by telling his nurses exactly what he thought of Hearts.
Darren Thomson, 22, fell ill at home and, after undergoing two emergency operations to drain fluid from his brain, was put into intensive care on a life support machine.
Unable to speak for about three months, the Hibs supporters was finally able to regain his voice after overhearing his doctor discussing the rival club down the road.
Speaking to Edinburgh News, Darren described the moment:
I was so confused, I didn’t even know what was happening or anything.
But when I had a Hearts doctor looking after me, someone had said ‘what’s Hearts’ and I just said ‘Hearts are s***e’.
It just came to me, I was so happy that I spoke out, everyone laughed.
It felt so good to just hear my own voice again.
Darren is still using a wheelchair and 24/7 carers as he continues his recovery at home, but it’s hoped he’ll be able to walk again by the time his wedding comes around on 15th June.
Something tells us he won’t have to buy another drink (especially in a Hibs pub) for the rest of his life.