David Smith Rehab & Treatment

David walked into hospital on the 29th of February 2016 .

He woke up on the 2nd of March 2016 completely paralysed down one side of his body after been diagnosed for the third time with a life threatening spinal cord tumour.

In September 2014 he had found out the tumour was growing back for a third time!!!!

He decided to try and postpone surgery in order to represent Great Britain at the Rio Olympics , but the MRI scan in January 2016 showed a bleed inside the tumour and if surgery was not performed , it would grow and cut of his nerve supply to his lungs.

This life saving surgery was performed by Mr Tom Cadoux-Hudson, who postponed his own retirement to carry out the surgery for David . Mr Cadoux-Hudson had preformed both of David's previous operations.

Davids strength and determination have enabled him to fight has back after every tumour surgery and to win World Rowing Titles and a Gold Medal in London 2012 .

Unfortunately,this recent tumour has caused more damage and Davids rehabilitation requirements are far more specialised .

He has no left arm function and is still learning to walk 4 months on from surgery. David's rehabilitation is a gruelling 4 hours a day at a specialist spinal rehabilitation centre called NeuroKinex that has state of the art equipment and world class therapists.

He has made more progress in the two weeks in these 2 centres than in the whole 4 months in hospital!

Sadly , he is having to provide the funding for the rehab centres ,living accommodation and transport out of his own personal savings

David wishes to express his gratitude and is thankful for all of the incredible support .

PLEASE PLEASE let us support David in his quest to get his life back !!
Thank you
  • Anonymous 
    • £20 
    • 65 mos
  • Kirsty Mcgregor 
    • £20 
    • 65 mos
  • Nicole Walters 
    • £20 
    • 65 mos
  • Neil Carroll 
    • £50 
    • 65 mos
  • Graham Watson 
    • £10 
    • 67 mos
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Karen Paul 
Stambridge, East of England, United Kingdom