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Spider-Man's fallen star gets back on his feet

A stuntman who fell 30ft (9m) while playing Spider-Man on Broadway is walking again – and his father says his son can't wait to return to the web-slinging role, despite injuries which saw him being treated in an intensive care unit.

Christopher Tierney was able to walk on Friday for the first time since his fall during Monday's performance of Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark and spent Christmas Day with his family in hospital, while recovering from back surgery, his father Tim Tierney said.

Julie Taymor, the director and co-writer of the $65m production, visited the injured actor in the hospital on Christmas Eve, Mr Tierney Snr said. The show – which is the most expensive ever staged – has been plagued by technical glitches, financial difficulties and three other injuries, including concussion and two broken wrists.

Mr Tierney Snr said he believes his son will regain close to full mobility after recovering from a range of injuries that included a hairline fracture of the skull, four broken ribs, a bruised lung, internal bleeding and three cracked vertebrae.

Mr Tierney will remain in the intensive care unit until at least Monday and then enter a period of rehabilitation.

As for when a return to the show might be possible, Mr Tierney Snr said he was more positive than his son's doctors, who were reluctant to give a time frame.

"Doctors – they're always pessimistic," he said, adding that the pins and rods his son now has in his lower back will be removed after he heals.