He arrived at Temple Basin in New Zealand and couldn't believe the beauty and challenging terrain that he would get to explore over the next month. On his second day snowboarding he took a mellow air, similar to ones he has landed hundreds of time, but got off balance on the takeoff. He landed, caught his nose, and took the fall all on his neck.
He was heliflighted from Temple Basin where he went to the hospital for X-rays, a CT scan and an MRI. (His flight was even on the news! But we couldn't find the video). They found a fracture in his c6 vertebrae, thus ending his snowboarding adventure in New Zealand. He did not have any damage to his spinal cord and is expected to make a full recovery. The doctors told him he is lucky to not be paralyzed. We are beyond grateful that is not the case!
He has been incredibly strong managing this devastating news in New Zealand on his own. He has been cleared to fly and we will get him home to be with loved ones as soon as possible.
We are so grateful for the incredible support given to Jamison and his loved ones already during this time. All of the emails to him have helped boost his spirits. Thank you so much.
The airlines have been of no help with making reasonable adjustments to his flights and so we are asking for help from our friends, family and community to get him home. We are incredibly lucky that New Zealand provides excellent insurance for emergencies such as this and his medical bills overseas will be minimal. However, he is in a full torso and neck brace and will be unable to work or do much at all for 8-10 weeks.
For all of us who know Jamison, we know he is one of the kindest souls out there. All donations will go directly to him to assist with the flight home, medical bills in NZ and those to be incurred at home, and basic bills while he is unable to work.
Thank you so much for all of the support. The amount of love we have received has given us so much strength and encouragement.
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