IT WAS "a total nightmare" as doctors told Nadine Buckton there was a 90% chance her son wouldn't survive.
That was just over five weeks ago, soon after Luke Buckton crashed his motorbike while riding on John Vella Dr at Paget on May 27.
The father of two wasn't breathing when paramedics responded but now the 31-year-old is speaking, moving his arms and legs and improving every day.
"He spent two weeks in (the Intensive Care Unit) and the doctors weren't giving him much of a chance," his mother Nadine said. "It was absolutely horrific for us. A total nightmare... to me it feels like a bad dream."
Then one day, as family members sat around holding Luke's hand, asking him to squeeze it, a nurse noticed slight movements in his hand.
He was moved from ICU to the neurological ward and his improvement has progressed steadily since.
"The physio and the doctors are really impressed with his recovery so far, considering it has only been about five weeks," Nadine said.
"His right side is pretty good, he can move his right leg and right arm... he used to favour moving his head to the left too.
"(On Tuesday) he moved his left arm and leg and moved his head as well."
She said Luke was speaking now too, after getting his tracheotomy out of his throat last Thursday.
Luke was lucky to have his wife of 10 months, Mel, by his side every day, encouraging him, his mother said. "I take my hat off to her, she is coping pretty good but is starting to stress over finances and things like that," she said.
"Her work has been really good, giving her time off and letting her use her sick leave and holidays, but we still have a long road ahead of us."
That's why Luke's family and friends have set up a GoFundMe account so Mel can stay by his side and hopefully not worry about the bills that continue to come in.
Nadine also implores everyone deciding to ride a motorbike to be careful, noting that Luke was wearing leathers and an expensive helmet, which cracked. She said if he hadn't been wearing the right equipment he would surely be dead.