Help my dad walk again
Coast in Queensland Australia. In 2012 i was in a tragic accident that left me
wheelchair bound. I am now a C4 incomplete Quadrilplegic.
This is my story.
On the 30th of September 2012 i was living in Blackwater working fulltime which is
where i was involved in a single vehicle accident. I was rushed to Blackwater Base
Hospital and placed in an induced coma and put on life support. I was then flown to the
Royal Brisbane Hospital Intensive Care Unit.
*My Life Change*
I spent three months in the Intensive Care Unit where i was being treated for a
shattered pelvis, broken ribs, collapsed lung, grazings & abrasions, compressed spinal
cord and fought infection after infection. At a later date i had to have a tracheostomy
put in, and a spinal fusion which is where they take a piece of bone from your hip and
insert it into your neck to suppot your spinal cord with bones and screws. By this time
i was also suffering with nasty pressure sores.
I was living day by day, minute by minute. It was touch and go for a while.
I was not ready for my children to see me in such a graphic state and i couldnt talk to
them on the phone as i had a Tracheostomy without a vocal piece so i literally could
not talk. I could nod my head, blink my eyes, and mouth words hoping that people could
understand what i was trying to communicate. This was extremely frustrating.
*Odds Against Me*
My family were told that i would be permanently on oxygen- that i wouldnt be able to
breath on my own. That i would be in a vegetive state and not be able to move from my
shoulders down. Also that i would be on food restrictions, needing formula
supplements. Living on a liquid diet.
After three long months in ICU at Royal Brisbane Hospital i was transferred to the
spinal unit at the Princess Alexandria Hospital. Which is where i experienced some of
my darker days. Learning how to manage, learning about the new me.... my new life.
Some days; well most days, i would wish that i could die. For a 24 yr old (at the
time) hardworking father to 2 children (4 and 2.5 years old at the time) to have lost
such a quality of life was extremely hard to deal with. And learning how to deal with,
how complete strangers seen me and how they would react.
I had no idea that the spinal cord also controls feeling to touch (when someone touches
me, it is sometimes painful like needles going into my skin. They call this
hypersensitive) the control of my diaphragm, ability to cough, nerve pain, the ability
to sweat, temperature control and a WHOLE LOT MORE.
For someone who had previously never dealt with depression in my life, it was definetly
a huge battle for me. I had to grieve the quality of life that i had lost.
Finally i felt it was time for my children to see me and for me to see them. I was no
longer in a gaphic state. This was the toughest day... to see their faces.. to face
them and their questions. And to tell them that i can not walk. This was gut wrenching,
but they handled it so well. My son told the nurses that they needed to show him what
to do so that he could help his daddy. He told me that he was going to be a doctor one
day so that he can help make me better and make me walk again.
During my time at Princess Alexandria Hospital i underwent Intensive Physiotherapy
every week day and i also regularly met with an Occupational Therapist. I trialled
several wheelchairs and medications to suit my needs. This alone came with its
trivialities and complications.
My girlfriend at the time, family and friends helped me get through some of my darkest
days. For that i am eternally grateful. Still to this day my family and friends are
never far away and are always looking at ways that they help me.
*Defeating The Odds* ☺
I have carers come in to help with my daily rountine. And i see an Alternative
Therapist-Healer every fortnight. I am able to breath on my own, i do not have a
tracheostomy, i can move my arms and i am seeing improvements with my strength, control
and feeling. I also do not have food restrictions but i do try and eat healthy. And
no.. i am not in a vegetive state.
*My Next Step*
It is my dream to be able to undergo Stem Cell Treatment and Intensive Physiotherapy
in an American Based facility so that i can walk with my children again. My next step
is to try and raise $60,000+ so that i can make this dream a reality. Please help me
achieve this goal.
Please like/share/comment/donate/follow my progress.
Go to my gofundme page 'Help My Dad Walk'
I just wanted let you know about the recent event at Solander bowls club bribie island .I just really want to make a special mention to Daniel Pritchard, Jaydene Hughes, Robyn McLean, Vicky Mitchell, Elenor Watters, Bruce hill, Solander Lake Bowls Club Bribie Island and of course the amazing teams that gave up there night to bowl for 24hours which is just incredible we raised $11240. With out you all this would never be possible!
Seeing the generousity of those involved but also how there is such a amazing community spirt, this has restored hope in that I as a father of 2 beautiful children can reach my ultimate goal of being more active with my children even one day walking my daughter down the isle at her wedding and playing a game of backyard cricket with them.
From the bottom of my heart I can not thank Solander bowls club and the community for all there help with getting behind me and supporting my ultimate goal. After all I wish to be able to walk in and shake there hands and show them my absolute gratitude.
Solander Lake Bowls Club at Banksia Beach on Bribie Island are proud to announce that they are holding a fundraiser called“ Help My Dad Walk Again 24 hr Bowls Challenge held on 27th and 28th of January.
The Fundraiser has been organised by some of the clubs staff members Dan Pritchard and Jaydene Hughes and will help raise much needed funds for Dans Brother In Law Jordan Grant and his go fund me campaign “help my dad walk again”.
Dan’s team of Dan , Anthony Hughes and Trevor Stewart(Jordan’s dad) will take on Jaydene’s team of Jaydene, Charlie Neave and Alex Stewart (Jordan’s brother) as they play a nonstop game of bowls for 24 hours starting at 11:30am on Saturday 27th and Finishing at 11:30am on Sunday the 28th .
Jordan is 29 years old and is the proud and devoted father of 2 Children aged 8 & 10.
In 2012 Jordan was in a tragic accident that has left him wheelchair bound. He is now a C4 incomplete Quadriplegic.
Jordan unfortunately has had a complete life change, he was in hospital for 12 months but has fought through strongly defeating the odds. His determination, strength and positivity clearly shines as well as his great sense of humor.
Jordan is living independently with permanent carers that assist him on a daily basis. Jordan had to have the house modified to suit his needs so he could be comfortable. He can move his arms, breathe on his own and talk. Everyday seeing improvements in strength, control & feeling. With this though unfortunately does come complications and down days. On a daily basis Jordan deals with nerve pain, Catheter issues, temperature control and a lot more.
Jordans ultimate dream is to be able to undergo Stem Cell Treatment and Intensive Physiotherpy so that he can walk with his children again.
Jordan is trying to raise $60 000 so he can make this dream a reality.
Please Help Jordan achieve his goal and show your support by joining us on 28th of January for a great day of Breaky bowls , entertainment, cheering on our 24hr squad as they complete the 24hr game of bowls. There will also be a monster raffle with heaps of prizes with a joint value of over $3000. There will also be twilight bowls held on the Saturday night . You can enter a team in the breakfast bowls or night bowls at the club. RaffleTickets are available at the bar at Solander Lake Bowls Club. You can also make a donation at the club or make a donation directly to Jordan Grants go fund campaign ‘help my dad walk again’ on Facebook.
Dan and his team would like to thank all the businesses and people that have made donations, we truly appreciate your help , this event really wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for all your support
Latest update .. Exciting News!
Solander Lakes Bowls Club Bribie Island are holding a fundraiser Help My Dad Walk Again 24hour challenge 27th & 28th January 2018. This fundraiser organised by Dan Pritchard Greenkeeper /my brother in law , Jaydene Hughes Bar Manager & Solander Lakes Bowls Club Bribie Island.
We are raising money so I Jordan can undertake Stem Cell treatment which will hopefully one day help me to reach my ultimate goal of being able to walk again.
Please You can support by
- Purchasing Raffle Tickets $1 each
- Making a donation
The first raffle is a Tooheys extra dry Bloombox fridge and also comes with a carton (. Photos are below )
You can purchase these tickets that are a dollar each from Solander lake bowls club bribie Island or myself . The tickets will be drawn on 5 January .
Thank you and good luck to everyone that enters
I hope everyone is going well
I just wanted to fill everyone in on the amazing weekend I had watching one of my best mates ( Daniel) get married to Melissa. Was an awesome weekend at the Gold Coast, we ended up staying at the Ramada on Hope Island. It was a fantastic room and very well setup for wheelchairs. We all met up at Daniel’s house in the morning before the wedding, so we can all catch up and have a couple of beers before we got ready. It was amazing to catch up with everyone, We have not seen each other in years. After a bit of a chinwag and a couple of beers we all started to get ready and ordered taxi’s. The wedding was at movie world and it looked absolutely amazing. As we all walked in the Main Street of movie world was all lit up with fairy lights and cat woman was running around cracking her whip. They had a red carpet set up to the stage where They were doing the ceremony. We all got shown were to stand and what to do when the bride and bridesmaids came down the isle. When the bride and bridesmaids came in, they got dropped off in the Gotham police car and escorted down with her father and Batman. It was really well done. when they were doing the vowels everyone was in fits of laughter, they have written them really really well. After the vowels and the papers were signed, Hayley ( Daniel sister/bridesmaid) and I had to lead off the bride’s party down the red carpet, I was so nervous because we had a listen out for a certain part of the song before we started leading everyone off but we nailed it. After the ceremony was over we all gathered around the theme parks for photos and then on to the reception. The reception was at Gotham hall, we all walked in with our matching bridesmaids and the Bride and groom came in the back for a grand entrance, they had a smoke machine, music and streamers on entrance it looked awesome! We all ended up having a blast and dancing the night away. It was a spectacular wedding for two of the most amazing people, I wish them all the best for the future!
Thank you so much for letting me be a part of your big day