Jackson is a 19 year old young man who loves life; sport, singing, his friends, his family and his dog. He is a genuinely kind and caring individual who has always gone out of his way to help others in need. Because of the severity of his brain injury, Jackson’s recovery and future are uncertain. Whatever the outcome, his rehabilitation will be slow and arduous. We need your help to support the family so they can stay close to Jackson and for his ongoing hospital expenses, which will include therapy and physio rehabilitation.
On the 1st of November Jackson was driving on a country road when he hit a thick patch of fog, lost control and rolled his car a number of times. He was airlifted to the Royal Melbourne Hospital where he remains in a serious condition. Jackson has a severe brain injury, diffuse axonal injury, so it is unclear what his prognosis is. He has undergone many life saving operations for a range of different injuries, including spinal surgery and draining fluid to release the pressure on his brain. There has been no major changes in his neurological state as of yet, however he has started to respond to pain stimulus and his families voices, especially his sister Zoee, who he has an extremely close relationship with. After being in the ICU for 3 weeks he has been moved to the Trauma Ward.
Due to COVID, over the past 3 weeks restrictions in Melbourne have been very severe and have limited the families access to see Jackson. The family are only allowed to visit Jackson 2 people per day, but still only for 1 hour. To be closer to Jackson, his family have relocated from Mortlake, Victoria to Central Melbourne, taking indefinite leave from their jobs. Zoee incredibly has persisted through her school exams, taking inspiration from her brothers fight.
Jackson is a very active member of his home community in SW Victoria and received the Moyne Young Citizen of the Year in 2020. He completed year 12 in 2019 at Mortlake P-12 College where he was school captain, represented the school at state level for athletics and was a key performer in school musical productions. After completing school, Jackson planned to take a gap year and travel within Australia. However, COVID interfered so he made the most of the situation and undertook a pre-apprenticeship in construction and building whilst working an early morning shift unloading a fruit truck for Greavesy’s Fruit and Veg store and a night shift working at Mac’s Hotel. He was recently successful in getting an apprenticeship in construction which was supposed to start on the 23rd November.
As you can imagine, it is an extremely difficult time for the entire family and anything you can donate would be greatly appreciated. Help us continue Jacksons fight!
Lots of Love and gratitude from Jacksons' family! xx
- Belinda & Josh Smits
- Jade Drake
- Gary Conwell
- Amanda Pynenburg
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