Tai is a dedicated and passionate football player if he wasn’t training or playing in a footy game he was coaching the younger kids’ football and helping out when and where he could in the football community.
However Saturday 6th Jan 2018, Tai endured a horrific accident 2 minutes into a game Buffaloes V's Wanderers. Tai had endured a hard hit leaving him with dislocated vertebrae in two places and damage to his spinal cord. He was immediately taken to the Royal Darwin Hospital from which they flew him to Perth to undergo surgery. Tai is currently paralysed from the chest down and no movement/feeling in his fingers.
Unfortunately the surgeon and doctors cannot give us certainty if Tai will ever be able to walk again but what we do know, to get there is a long road ahead. We are still unsure of the degree of damage to his spinal cord and he is still currently in ICU eagerly waiting to move into the spinal rehab unit.
We are all very hopeful for Tai to regain more function throughout his body but at this moment it is still the very early stages. Unfortunately the medical costs don’t come cheap, especially spinal care and rehabilitation which is one of the most expensive in the medical field. All money raised will go towards assisting with medical costs and ongoing treatment. Due to Tai not being treated in his home state, it will also help his family with travel and accommodation costs.
The amount of support and love for Tai is absolutely overwhelming and its times like these that really pull communities together. We have been truly touched by the stories of how quickly Tai makes a positive impact on people’s lives and anyone who knows him knows he is ‘Mr Positivity’ and that he will rise to the challenge.
So many of you have asked how you are able to help and have offered so much already, however if you would like to help towards Tai’s recovery any small gesture will be greatly appreciated and a huge impact for the family to get him there.
Thank you so much for your kind words and generosity - lets literally help Tai get back on his feet!
Any small help can ease the financial pressure at this hard time.
(Partner of Jay Martin-Page - Brother of Tai)
- Brett Finlay
- Sophie Chang
- Jamie Lyons
- Minh Pham
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