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Bedingfield 'blessed' to be alive
Daniel Bedingfield
Bedingfield will recover in New Zealand over several weeks
Singer Daniel Bedingfield has said he is grateful to be alive after damaging vertebrae in his neck in a car accident in New Zealand.

"I don't remember much about what happened, but I've seen pictures of the car and feel blessed to have got out of there at all," he said.

From his hospital bed, he thanked fans who had sent him goodwill messages.

Bedingfield, 24, is expected to spend up to three months recuperating in New Zealand before resuming his career.

Having an accident like this really puts things into perspective quote here
Daniel Bedingfield

He had to be cut out of his Jeep Cherokee after it rolled over on a rural road as he was driving from a music festival near Whangarei on New Year's Eve.

He was described as "stable" in Whangarei Hospital where doctors said he was lucky not to have been more seriously injured.

In a message to his fans posted on his website, Bedingfield said: "Right now, I feel okay and very grateful to be alive.

Recovery hopes

"I'm also very glad that nobody else was hurt, especially my friend who was in the passenger seat."

He thanked doctors who had looked after him "amazingly well".

"I owe the fact that I hope to make a full recovery to them and the fire brigade who removed me from the car," he said.

He added: "Having an accident like this really puts things into perspective so I'm not going to rush the process of getting better but will just take my time."

Bedingfield shot to fame in 2001 with the single and album Gotta Get Thru This. The single reached number one in the UK and the album went on to sell more than three million copies.

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