BERN, SWITZERLAND – Shortly before the holidays the good news made it into the UK press that Jack Widdowson, the 19-year-old British dancer with Bern Ballett, is recovering far better than expected in the hours after a mugging appeared likely to leave him paralyzed for life.
Widdowson was attacked in Cardiff, Wales, apparently for the theft of an iPhone, in early December, and it was feared the dancer might never walk again, much less dance. He was visiting his family for the weekend after making his first solo performance with the Bern troupe. He and a brother were out for the evening and he was walking home when the attack occurred near the docks area.
By Christmas, the family was able to celebrate that Jack could take a few steps unaided.