But after 10 weeks in intensive care, battling Jamie pulled though.
“The second time I went he was awake,” said Hayley.
“He couldn’t talk very well. When I first took the girls to visit, Jamie’s eyes lit up. I put them on him but it was hard for him to hold them.”
Jamie gradually regained strength. In March he moved to a rehab centre in Oxford where he began to learn how to walk and talk again.
He now needs help with everything from cleaning his teeth to changing the TV channel, and has an adapted Playstation controller and stylus for his phone.
Last week Jamie – who now has prosthetic arms with claws and a false leg decorated with his favourite tattoos – finally came home. He said: “When I first truly realised what had happened, I didn’t see any future. I only had memories of the past, of playing tennis, cricket, golf, all sorts.
“I will never be able to do lots of things. I miss football. You can’t beat the feeling of scoring a goal. I even miss scaffolding and changing the babies’ nappies.
“I was a touchy-feely person before. I was hands on. Then suddenly I couldn’t even open a bottle of drink any more.
“I thought I wouldn’t be able to hold the twins again and I tried to hold Harley’s hand but I couldn’t feel anything. I didn’t know how I would cope.
“Now I’m back at home with them I see them learning things and there are similarities with what I’m going through, like when they stand up and wobble a bit.
“I am having to relearn everything – but it could have been a lot worse. I thought I was dead. I’m lucky to be alive again.