Chris Del Mar was following one of his before-work passions when, in February 2019, during an early morning surf at Miami beach on the Gold Coast, he sustained a very high level spinal cord injury.
After spending over 3 months in intensive care in a Brisbane hospital, Chris has recently moved into the hospital’s spinal rehabilitation unit. Some of the priorities are to arrange home modifications and equipment, and make arrangements for the ongoing care that he’ll need, so that he can return home as soon as possible.
Chris’s equipment needs range from the mundane (e.g. hospital bed), to those which will enable him to participate in life and the community (e.g. modified vehicle, various specialised communication and IT devices).
Chris is in the very unusual and unfortunate situation that he is not eligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (due to the age cut-off), or any other insurance coverage. This means that he will not receive any funding for the considerable home modifications which are necessary for him to leave hospital. He will receive limited government assistance for only some of the equipment that he needs.
The path to adjustment to a new way of being is difficult. Any contributions will facilitate Chris’s discharge home and help to enhance his quality of life. Your support is most gratefully received.
On behalf of Chris and Tammy and all of the family, thank you so much for all of the donations so far. Thank you also for the comments which are very heartwarming. We are humbled by the response.