In April of this year,2017, Brennan was riding his motorbike and during the ride Brennan had a severe accident and flipped his bike over a guard rail. Brennan suffered horrendous injuries including a cracked femur, he ripped the artery in his leg, tore out his tibia and fibula and shattered his ankle. Luckily, someone was nearby to help Brennan by pinching his artery to stop the bleeding and desperately call 000. Brennan was immediately taken to hospital and doctors did an outstanding job to save Brennan’s leg and repair what they could. But the unthinkable happened. Brennan attracted a super bug called VRE: Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus. This bug caused a severe infection that ate at his flesh on his already damaged leg. The doctors had to choice but to amputate. Not once, not twice, but three times, to try and save as much as they could.
Brennan underwent 18 operations in total. His leg is now amputated above the knee, he is refined to a wheelchair and requires rehab five days per week. A fit, happy and healthy man now feeling demoralised and ashamed asking his children to help wash in the shower and dress him.
From here, the story gets worse. Brennan attempted to access disability insurance from the National Injury Insurance Scheme (NIIS). To further harm a demoralised and embarrassed man, they informed him that his amputated leg was just 2.8mm too long in the bone to qualify for the insurance policy he so desperately needed. Brennan has lost 55% of his femur bone and to qualify for this insurance, the cut off is loss of 65%.
Brennan needs as much help and support as he can get for himself, his health, his dignity, confidence but most of all to help support his family as he cannot return to work as a rigger. We, as Brennan’s friends and supports, are looking for financial assistance with getting Brennan an new prosthetic leg so he can learn to walk again, make modifications to his home to assist him with living more comfortably with his new disability (such as hand rails and ramps for wheelchairs) and help with supporting his family financially as he cannot return to work. Brennan and his family have suffered enough. Please lend your help for his campaign.
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