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Last Updated: Monday October 23 2006 14:23 GMT

In pictures: Richard Hammond's amazing story

Richard Hammond and co-host Jeremy Clarkson

Richard Hammond joined the BBC programme Top Gear in 2002. Here he is, on the left, with co-star Jeremy Clarkson

Crashed car

He was badly hurt in a crash while driving a jet-powered car at Elvington Airfield, near York, on 21 September, 2006

Jeremy Clarkson

He was rushed to hospital, where he was apparently very close to dying. His friends from Top Gear, including Jeremy Clarkson, rushed to be at his side

Richard Hammond

His recovery surprised doctors, and he was later taken by helicopter to a hospital nearer his home

Richard Hammond

He has told a newspaper he's ready to leave hospital. So he could soon be back where he belongs - on our screens!

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