On the 5th of September 2017, I awoke to a message that one of my best friends in South Africa, Gavin Wingrave, had been attacked at his home.
He was ambushed by 3 men, who bludgeoned him repeatedly over the head with an iron bar, fracturing his skull.
Gavin has been in a government hospital in the 3 weeks since then and has only recently regained full consciousness. Due to the severity of the injuries he was kept sedated, intubated and on artificial ventilation, as well as receiving a Gastrostomy.
Although he is now conscious, responding to outside stimuli and conversation, Gavin currently has short term memory loss, he has difficulty forming words and has limited use of his right hand.
The doctors have said that although the chances of recovery and being able to live a normal life again are good, it's going to be a long and rocky road of intensive rehabilitation.
The goal of this rehabilitation is to help Gavin progress to the most independent level of functioning possible after this injury. He is basically going to have to re-learn "activities of daily living" again from scratch.
The ability to express himself verbally in simple terms and regaining lost gross and fine motor skills are going to be the challenging goals for the next several weeks of his recovery.
This therapy will need to be conducted by speech-language pathologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and neuropsychologists and will have to be received at home, as well as occasionally at a rehabilitation facility, over the period of several weeks.
Medical costs in South Africa are up to five times higher than those in other nations. Private health Insurance in South Africa is so expensive that it is relatively inaccessible to the majority of South Africans.
Our group of friends have been assisting Gavin and his wife, Nadine, in funding his initial recovery but we are fast losing the battle against the high cost of healthcare in that country.
The second huge hurdle will be the fact that Gavin earns a living as Ballroom Dance Instructor and High Angle Rope Technician/Rigger, both very physical activities that require full cognitive and communitive function.
He will be experiencing a total loss of income during the entire period of rehabilitation.
This financial burden is too much for Nadine to bear on her own.
Gavin is the most friendly, most energetic person you will ever meet in your life. Once you do, you will never forget him, he leaves that much of an impression!
Gavin has helped me through many difficult times and situations throughout my life and I owe it to him to get help in getting him back to the way that he was.
Please, every little bit will help, no donation will be too small and every little bit of encouragement and support will be appreciated.
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