On the 24th of February 2021, Emma walked into the hospital as a fun-loving, active mother of two, she was having spinal fusion surgery. Emma hoped the surgery would put an end to years of pain that was hindering her life and stopping her from doing the things she loved.
Emma woke to an absolute nightmare her spinal cord had been cut and she was in agonising pain. Emma's case notes were a surgery gone wrong.... incomplete quadriplegic at the C4 level. Emma spent the next 5 months in hospital and rehabilitation, uncertain of her future, and missing precious milestones with her children, she left the hospital in a wheelchair fragile and reliant on family and friends.
With all the physical and mental challenges Emma and her family have faced they continue to show resilience and determination. Always making the most of what they had to adapt. Along with her rehabilitation, unable to work Emma focused on setting up an online business Life Flipped Collective and found happiness spending time at the beach with family and friends.
1.5 years after the surgery Emma has been classed as Quadriplegic reliant on crutches and a wheelchair. With Emma’s love for the ocean and need to be active, she was inspired by local Para Surfing Champ Sam Bloom to start surfing again, no sooner guided by Sam, Emma challenged herself and competed at the Australian Surf Championships assisted by her husband Chook. Being active and competing has had such a positive effect on Emma you can see this by the huge smile on her face.
4 months later we are thrilled to say Emma has been selected to represent Team Australia and compete in the ISA Para Surfing World Championship in Pismo Beach California. Emma’s determination and love for life are an inspiration and we are all so proud of how far she has come.
Emma is the last person to ask for help she is always offering to help others, so we want to support her and Chooka with the financial costs of getting the whole family to the USA so they can enjoy this amazing opportunity together as the great team that they are.