Electrocuted in November 2021, Darren Harris miraculously escaped. Burned on a large part of his face, the young man was refused a driving test since he no longer looked like the photo on his identity card.
Darren Harris is a miracle. At 29, this resident of Middlesbrough was hospitalized after being electrocuted by 11,000 volts a few months ago. Saved by the doctors, he is “seriously disfigured” since 47% of his body is covered in scars. In hospital after his accident, he was in a coma for 27 days and underwent 23 surgeries. The young man survived sepsis, multiple organ failure and underwent a craniotomy to relieve pressure on his brain. Glad to be alive, Darren Harris recently suffered a “disgusting discrimination”, as he told the Mirror. According to the young man, he wasn’t allowed to take his driving theory test…because he didn’t look like the photo on his ID card, taken before his accident.
“I came out completely distraught with a big lump in my throat. I was crying hot tears”he remembers, still shocked. “The manager said to me, ‘it’s not my problem, you shouldn’t have changed your appearance, you didn’t change your photo ID’, he said. I said I wasn’t ready to do it yet because I’m still coming to terms with my new look, but he was really awkward with me.” Despite the help of a man, Darren Harris failed to pass his test even though he had his bank card, identity card and other papers with him to prove his identity. But since he refused to take off his hat, which he has been wearing since his accident, he was not allowed to pass his license.
An investigation has been opened
“I sleep with my hat, I wear my hat all day, even in my housesays the young man. I experienced major trauma and many burns on my head. He said, ‘it’s not my problem mate, you won’t do your test then’. I said to him: ‘there is the face that I was born with but unfortunately 18 months ago it was taken away from me, can’t you see that I am trying to give everything to you to prove who I am’ . But he had neither sympathy nor remorse.” The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency said it was investigating the incident involving Darren Harris. “DVSA will urgently investigate this incident with its theory test provider, she asserted. We always aim to treat all applicants with respect. We apologize for the distress caused and will contact the person to offer a new test.”